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February 22, 2014

Step Back in Time: Feb. 22, 2014

25 years ago

Feb. 22, 1989

Twenty years after Ed Miles left Vietnam a badly wounded Army officer, he’s going back “in country” for a visit.

Miles, a Vietnam veterans’ counselor who works in Oneonta and lives in Stamford, is tentatively scheduled to fly from Seattle, Wash., to Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.

Miles is doing a master’s thesis on the Vietnam recovery from the war and the current economics of the country. He said the visit will be a then-and-now look, since it will be 25 years since the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of 1964 that escalated hostilities.

In particular, he will journey back to Trang Bang, a town near the Cambodian border where he was stationed for eight months as an adviser.

At Trang Bang, Miles said he would like to see some old faces. But chances of that are slim, since the South Vietnamese enlisted men he became close friends with were killed. At best, he would like to locate their friends and families.

But there are some other residents he’d also like to meet face to face — former Viet Cong.

“I’d like to see the guys I was fighting against, the VC cadre for that area,” said Miles.

 

50 years ago

Feb. 22, 1964

The man who broke the color line and became the first Negro to be graduated from the University of Mississippi, James Meredith, is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. Monday in the Hartwick College Field House.

Meredith, who will hold a press conference from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Monday at the college, will be in Oneonta through cooperation between the Hartwick Committee on Civil Rights and the Cultural Committee at SUCO.

Civil Rights Committee member Walter Thompson of Hartwick pointed out that “Mr. Meredith was the man who opened the doors of the university of Mississippi to Negroes in 1962.”

The integrationist is a veteran of Air Force service in Japan.

His admission to “Ole Miss” was a signal for resistance by Mississippi governor Ross Barnett which finally resulted in the involvement of federal marshals and a considerable amount of furor and violence.

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