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Army Reserves / Vietnam / Law Suit / Maryland #441864

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 12, 1968
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(Studio) Army reservists called to Vietnam claim they'd been called illegally and ask Supreme Court to hear their case. Justice William O. Douglas orders Army not to send them anywhere until court decides if it will hear case. In 1966, Congress votes to let President call up reserves without war declaration or national emergency. 113 reservists say they were called before law passed. Court won't rule on war's legality.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Fort Meade, MD) Reservists set to go to Vietnam Friday 2 already gone in advance group. Troops heard of court ruling on radio. After being called up, men chipped in $100 each, hired Los Angeles attorney and fought call-up. [Mrs. Carol MARTUCCI - says jumped up and said whoopee when she heard. Have home and child to care for.] Men unsure what to do. Men signed up for 6 years reserves in return for not serving 2 years Army. Agreed to active duty if United States needed them. [PFC Floyd FEDERICO - says beef with government is call-up, reason for it and contract with the government Older men have more responsibilities at home. 80% of unit married with children; it's heart-breaking. War not declared and it's not national emergency.]
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

Reporter(s):
Brinkley, David;
Nessen, Ron
Duration:
00:04:00

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