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Going his own way

Going his own way

May 9, 1972: As antiwar protesters parade outside the Armed Forces recruiting office in Long Beach, Marc Veldman, 18, enlists in the U.S. Navy. Some protesters pounded on window and shouted, “Don’t sign,” but he signed anyway.

On May 8, 1972, President Richard Nixon announced the mining of North Vietnam harbors. Within hours, anti-war demonstrations broke out at college campuses all over California, including UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis. At Cal State Long Beach, marchers left campus and picketed military recruiting stations in downtown Long Beach.

At UCLA over 1,000 demonstrators gathered for a noon rally. As reported in an earlier From the Archive blog post, basketball starĀ  Bill Walton joined in a sit-down protest.

Both this picture by staff photographer Jerry Ruhlow and the image of Bill Walton were published in the May 10, 1972, Los Angeles Times.

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