Turn the Gunsz Around: Mutiniez, Soldier Revoltz and Revolution

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$19.95 New York: World View Forum 2017
324 pages. 29 photos, 4 maps.

Draftees and enlistees — eighteen-year-olds from the South Bronx, factory workers from Buffalo, miners’ sons from Kentucky, unemployed youth from Watts — hate the military and the Vietnam War. They throw a wrench into the Pentagon’s war machine, becoming leaders of the anti-war movement and organizing a union in the con-script military to battle war, racism and their officers.
In three other wars — the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 that sparked the Paris Commune; World War I, which sowed revolutions in Germany and Russia; African liberation wars of the 1960s that incited a captains’ revolt in Portugal — ordinary soldiers turn their guns around to make revolution.

Weaving together letters from servicemen and servicewomen, inter-views with GI war resisters and first-hand narratives, memoir and historical research, author John Catalinotto — as participant and historian — highlights the relation between rank-and-file soldier resistance and the struggle for state power.

From the first napalm bomb dropped, Catalinotto hated the U.S. war against Vietnam. By 1967 he was organizing rank-and-file servicemen to resist the war. For the last 50 years he pondered that experience and its lessons for humanity. Now he wants to share this history with all who want to fight injustice.

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If schools in the United States really wanted to impart historical truth, Catalinotto’s Turn The Guns Around would be required reading. He tells the true story of this epoch. Few participants know more about the massive GI rebellion against the Vietnam War, the anti-war veterans’ movement or the history of soldier revolts from the Paris Commune to the Portuguese coup.
GI resister and organizer for the American Serviceman’s Union 1972-74

Turn The Guns Around really brings it all back: the struggle, the solidarity, the cruelty of the stockade Brass. I’m extremely proud to have played a small role during that period. I regret nothing.’
U.S. Army, September 1966 to September 1970, with 20 months in the Fort Dix Stockade and Leavenworth Prison

‘Every once in a while a book comes along that lifts us high by reminding us that people struggling together can accomplish momentous things. I consider myself fortunate to have been part of the GI anti-war movement, and a founding member of the ASU; we are all fortunate to have this book.’
U.S. Army, Sept. 7, 1965 to Sept. 6, 1968

‘The radical shift in consciousness fifty years ago within the U.S. military has invaluable lessons as a new period of resistance unfolds. In Turn the Guns Around, rank-and-file GIs, who suddenly emerged as leaders of a movement, describe their determination to risk all, refuse orders and sabotage the military machine. By rooting them in past resistance, this “How to” manual arms the people’s movements of today to combat new wars.’
Co-Director of International Action Center, Author of War Without Victory

‘Catalinotto’s book digs up historical precedents for troop revolts contributing to the ending of imperialist wars. That was certainly our aim through the actions of the American Serviceman’s Union. The best people I met in the army were my fellow stockade inmates!’
U.S. Army, prisoner of conscience, Forts Devins, Dix and Riley, 1968-70

‘In the present period of reaction it is difficult to imagine the undoing of the powerful capitalist state. Catalinotto reaches back in history to vividly demonstrate how social and economic crises can and will lead to the disintegration of the capitalist military. He shows that the forces of social revolution lie embedded in the very structure of imperialism and it’s insatiable drive for conquest.’
Author of Low-Wage Capitalism and Capitalism At A Dead End

Military Rank Abbreviations – vii
Timeline Vietnam – viii
Prologue 1: ‘As (U.S.) American as Apple Pie’ – 1
Prologue 2: ‘Big Firms Get Rich, GIs Die’ – 5
Introduction – 9
1. Send a Salami – Stapp Confronts the Army – 17
GIs and the Anti-War Movement Meet�
2. From Struggle to Structure – 25
Union Founded, The Bond newspaper given to ASU�
3. Dear Andy – GI Letters Show Depth of Dissent – 33
4. From Fingers to a Fist – 39
Stapp’s Appendectomy; Field Board Hearing; GIs Finish Service and Join ASU Staff in NYC

5. The Paris Commune – Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 – 45
Soldiers Refuse to Fire on Workers�State and Revolution – Lenin Explains Class Power Role of Louise Michel in Paris and Kanaky
6. The Tet Offensive – Speech by Andy Stapp, 2013 – 57
Overview of Success of ASU and GI Resistance
7. Dear Andy: Letters from Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy – 63
8. Black Marines Against the Brass – 67
Harvey & Daniels – Interview with Andy Stapp�
9. Second Front – Resistance Begins in Paris – 75
Deserters Form RITA, Terry Klug Returns to U.S.�

10. Black Liberation at Fort Hood – 83
GIs Resist Riot Duty in Chicago; Court martial of the GI leaders
11. A Day In the Life of the ASU – 95
12. Dear Andy: Letters from Vietnam I – 98
13. Pentagon at the Crossroads – Hawai’i Sanctuary – 103
14. The Great Slaughter: World War I – 115
15. Russian Revolution: February & October 1917 – 121
16. Revolt of the Kaiser’s Blue Youths – 135
November 1918 Germany’s North Sea Fleet Rebels�
17. Dear Andy: Letters from Around the World – 149
18. Stockades: Prisoners Rebel – 155
Danang Brig, Long Binh Jail, Presidio Mutiny�
19. Special Processing – Fort Dix – 161
Mess Hall Strike; Battling Racism�
20. Fort Dix Burns – 38 GIs Face Courts-Martial – 169
Women Lead Solidarity March; Terry Klug court-martial ∞
21. The Sum of Its Parts – A Fighting Team Emerges – 179
22. Camp McCoy 3, by Joyce Chediac – 183
Power Station Blows Up, ASU GIs Charged�

23. Dear Andy: Letters from Women – 192
24. Women’s Liberation Hits Pentagon, by Joyce Chediac – 197
25. The Bond Gets Around – Hand-to-Hand in Vietnam – 209
26. Dear Andy: Letters from Vietnam II – 213

27. Black, Brown and Red – Resistance Is Diverse – 217
Puerto Rican, African-American GIs Join ASU Staff�
28. Veterans’ Benefits — $2500 & a Job or Fight – 225
29. Portugal and Africa in 1974-1975 – 231
Liberation Wars in Africa spur ‘Captains’ Revolt’ in Portuguese Army
30. ‘If It’s White, I’ll Shoot’ – Larry Johnson, Max Watts – 243
31. Courage: Honor to All War Resisters – 251
32. Dempsey’s Dilemma: Vietnam Syndrome – 259
The Professional Army: Does It Serve Its Masters’ Needs?

Appendix A: Black Lives Matter� – 269
Appendix B: Excerpts from Lenin’s State and Revolution – 270
Appendix C: Black GIs Stand Firm at ‘Riot-Duty’ Refusal Trial – 273
Appendix D-I: Order to the Garrison of Petrograd – 275
Appendix D-II: Ultimatum From Sailors of North Sea Fleet – 276
Appendix D-III: Program of the American Servicemen’s Union – 277
Appendix E: Excerpts From Sanctuary Chronology 1969 – 278
Appendix F: Anti-Women Propaganda: How the Brass and Their Flunkies Use It Against Us; Legalized Prostitution –�Brass’s New Weapon Against GIs and Viet-namese Women – 280,282
Appendix G-I: Amílcar Cabral to Portuguese Colonial Army – 284
Appendix G-II: Vietnam Liberation Front Message to GIs – 288
Appendix H: Active-Duty GIs Speak Out on Iraq War – 289

End Notes – 291
Bibliography – 300
Acknowledgments – 303
Index 304 About the Author – 311
Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 – 46
Oahu, Hawai’i, 1969 – 107
Bay of Finland, 1917 – 131
Europe World War I, North Sea, 1918 141

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