"So, I flew back to San Francisco, Travis Air Force Base. Got off the charter flight and went to the terminal, got another flight to Ohio to see the gal that I'm now married to. So, I was one guy coming home. It wasn't like a unit that we see today coming back from Iraq where a whole guard unit or a whole active duty unit comes home and the whole community pours out and says, 'Hey this is a pretty good deal.' When we came home everybody went, 'Huh, okay.' The public shrugged, we shrugged and that was that.
     "Now the guys who came home later than I did, they ran into some real problems with folks harassing them, and so on. But when I came home in early '69, I don't think that really had built up that much.
     "But the protests bothered me because I'm thinking, 'Hey, we ought to be supporting this.' Whether we agree with it or not, you got to support what's going on. That's the policy that was decided. You may disagree with the policy, but let's get on with the job and finish it. Unfortunately it was the protests drug this thing out. And the other side understood that would happen and they played to it…
     "I understand people not wanting us to be involved in those things. But it makes much more sense that if you're going to get in it you go in with everything you got, you get it over quick. You stabilize the country that it happened in and then you come home."

John Turnbull – Anti-War Protests


Other Excerpts from John Turnbull’s Interview:

John in Vietnam
Consumer Preferences
Water Quality
Natural Resource Districts
Surface & Groundwater