In early 1969 I had been in Germany just a few months, and my General called me to his office. Our boss in the Pentagon had just called him.
We had military people in Italy The Pentagon wanted us to set up a small print shop there, a couple of printers who would only work days.
Two of my printers said they would love to go to Italy. We loaded a press and things they would need for a few months on one of our transport planes, and I went with them to set things up and stay a couple of days.
Things went fine those two days, and then the third day as I was getting ready to leave, I smelled smoke.
When I went outside I saw two young men burning the American flag on a fence near our shop. I yelled at them and they took off.
I talked to my men and told them to be on alert, that I was going back to Germany.
When I returned to my base I went to my boss and told him I wanted the print shop closed and I wanted my men to return to Ger- many.
My boss called the Pentagon and told them about the burning of the flag. The Pentagon said to bring our men home.
I sent some people to load the plane, and they were back that night. My men were so happy to get back to Germany.
(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in California.) load the plane, and they were back that night. My men were so happy to get back to Germany.
(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in California.)