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Watergate


When classified news came across my desk at the Pentagon in 1972, I hid it from my people. It would be another week before they knew.

It was a scandal that involved officials violating public trust and abuse of power in order to maintain their positions of authority.

I had talked to our Commander in-Chief, Richard Nixon, three times while this was going on. He had awarded me a Certificate of Appreciation for my work during my 27 years in the Air Force.

He and I would be leaving Washington, D.C. about the same time.

I liked him.

I saw many things during my time in the military, but this would take the cake.

(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.)

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