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First Lt. Louis P. Font #216050

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 12, 1971
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(Studio) Ofr. released from army following controversy.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fort Meade, MD) 1st Lieutenant Louis P. Font asked for release from army in 1970 on basis of conscientious objection; appeal denied, objected only to Vietnam War; Font brought charges of substandard housing at Fort Meade, MD, against superiors; superiors brought charges against Font for disobeying orders; all charges to be dropped when Font tour of duty ends at midnight. [FONT - in response to reporter questions, says attitudes have changed as result of talking to people at Harvard University and because of My Lai incident; regrets leaving army because believes in US, must work to get country back on right course.] Army gives Font honorable discharge; says discharge due to substandard performance; Font to cnsl. other GIs about what he considers unfair system of military justice.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce
Duration:
00:02:40

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