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Protest Messages on Bombs

David Cooley enlisted in the Navy as a jet engine mechanic and found himself having a direct role in supplying bombs for aircraft carriers. He was in country in 1972, one year after the release of the Pentagon Papers, and was conflicted about his role in the war. Though he wrote protest messages on bombs, David feels that he didn't do enough.

I wrote things like "Let this one be the last bomb you drop." Over and over and over, thousands and thousands of bombs.

David's story was captured with the help of TPT's Minnesota Remembers Vietnam team. 

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Da Nang, Vietnam Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Navy

Dates of Service: 1969 - 1973

Veteran Organization: Veterans for Peace

Unit: Det 2, Squadron HC-3

Specialty: ADJ2

Story Themes: Bombs, Da Nang, Daniel Ellsberg, David Cooley, Dissent, Enlisting, Guilt, Ken Burns Screener TPT, News Coverage, Pentagon Papers, Protest, PTSD, Reflection, Squadron HC-3, The VA, Veterans for Peace, Watch

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