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23 August 2014


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William R. Cumming

Thanks Richard for this reminder. Iwas at Ft. Bliss for REDEYE traing for 10 weeks on eventual replacement for FRG.

But my OCS BN had been called out in formation after the MLK and RFK assasinations spring 1968 for possible Riot deployment in cities to be named later.

On September 19th, 1967, I was sent to Fort Leonard Wood for Basic Training. After a ZERO week basic started. My company contained College-Ops [headed for OCS], PROJECT 100,000 [4th quartile of Army tests, and about 15 Blacstone Ranger Chieftains. The last part of a 40 block sweep of Blackstone Ranger terratory in S. Chicago by a federal judge trying to avoid problems in the heat of the night. Almost all had natural leadership ability and brains. Amost all the Project 100,000 and Blackstone Rangers sent to Advance Infantry Training at TIGERLAND [Fort Polk, LA]!

mistah charley, ph.d.

To Richard Sale

Very vivid and evocative. I'm reminded of what the mayor of the city said: "Gentlemen, get the thing straight once and for all – the policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder."

Is your novel's title from "The Fortune Hunter", by William Somervile? (I don't know it, just found it by websearching.)


Richard Sale,

Very powerful writing! The passage transports me to another time and place while at the same time bringing out the out-of-control emotional energy of crowd behavior, which I've seen little bits of in person, but never to this degree.

Richard Sale

Thank you so much. Much appreciated!


Mr. Sale - absolutely first rate... I have been in similar situations and every paragraph you wrote brought back a fresh flood of images and sounds I hadn't recollected for over 40 years, your words my time machine. Thank you.

Richard Sale

Thank you. Such things are deeply engraved on the mind.

Laura Wilson

Mr.Sale--Thank you. I was in Isla Vista during the riots (not the Bank burning but later) and this brings back memories. Being squeezed between the cops and the speakers for one…not pleasant.

You certainly understand that people do not react for no reason…there are always reasons.

Richard Sale

Thank you, Laura. I will attempt some on this if Pat is willing.

Medicine Man

Powerful writing, Mr. Sale. Thank you for sharing this.

Richard Sale

I wanted to capture the chaos of that kind of event -- the startling din, figures rushing to and fro, everyone in the grip of intimidation and fear, the beatings.

So I thank you very much for your comments.

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