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Photos and Documents: GI Underground Newspapers

Soldiers, sailors, airmen, and veterans turned against the war in Vietnam in large numbers, and by 1971, the military was, by its own admission, unable to fight the war in Vietnam because their soldiers would not obey. One of the most effective methods of spreading antiwar and radical ideas were the underground newspapers GIs published and distributed (often clandestinely) around bases. Over 300 such newspapers were published during the length of the war, though many did not survive for longer than a few years, due to the rapid turnover among active-duty soldiers as they rotated in and out of Vietnam and on and off bases.

In the Pacific Northwest, there were many such papers, including Counterpoint, Fed Up!, the Lewis-McChord Free Press, and G.I. Voice from Fort Lewis Army Base and McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, WA; the unit newsletters B Troop News and First of the Worst, from Fort Lewis; Sacstrated and Co-Ambulation from Fairchild Air Force Base, near Spokane, WA; Puget Sound Sound Off from Bremerton Naval Yard on the Washington peninsula; and Yah-Hoh, published out of Fort Lewis by a group of radical Native American servicemen. One ongoing project of this website is to collect and make available these Pacific Northwest newspapers in full.

Click on the images below to taken to larger-size images and longer captions.

Documents digitized courtesy of the Library at the University of Washington, Tacoma; Pacific Northwest Collection, Tacoma Public Library; Special Collection Library, University of Washington, Seattle; and with permission from the personal collection of Megan Cornish.


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June 2, 1969 (vol. 2, no. 12)
 
 

June 2, 1969 (vol. 2, no. 12)

August 7, 1969 (vol. 2, no. 14)
 
 

August 7, 1969 (vol. 2, no. 14)

September 20, 1969 (vol. 2, no. 15)
 
 

September 20, 1969 (vol. 2, no. 15)

April 15, 1970, vol. 1 no. 5
 
 

April 15, 1970, vol. 1 no. 5

April 28, 1971 (no volume number)
 
 

April 28, 1971 (no volume number)

January 1971, vol.2 no.1
 
 

January 1971, vol.2 no.1

May 1971, vol. 2 no. 5
 
 

May 1971, vol. 2 no. 5

May 1971 supplement, vol. 2 no. 1
 
 

May 1971 supplement, vol. 2 no. 1

June 1971, vol. 2 no. 6
 
 

June 1971, vol. 2 no. 6

July 1971, vol. 3 no. 1
 
 

July 1971, vol. 3 no. 1

August 1971, vol. 3 no. 2
 
 

August 1971, vol. 3 no. 2

October 1971, vol 3 no 4
 
 

October 1971, vol 3 no 4

November 1971, vol 3 no 5
 
 

November 1971, vol 3 no 5

December 1971, vol. 3 no. 6
 
 

December 1971, vol. 3 no. 6

January 1972, vol. 4 no. 1
 
 

January 1972, vol. 4 no. 1

February 1972, vol. 4 no. 2
 
 

February 1972, vol. 4 no. 2

March 1972, vol. 4 no. 3
 
 

March 1972, vol. 4 no. 3

March mid-month 1972, vol. 4 no. 4
 
 

March mid-month 1972, vol. 4 no. 4

May 1972, vol. 4 no. 5
 
 

May 1972, vol. 4 no. 5

July 1972, vol. 4 no. 6
 
 

July 1972, vol. 4 no. 6

October 1973, vol. 6 no. 10
 
 

October 1973, vol. 6 no. 10

August 1972, vol. 5 no. 1
 
 

August 1972, vol. 5 no. 1

October 1972, vol. 5 no. 3
 
 

October 1972, vol. 5 no. 3

October mid-month 1972, vol. 5 no. 4
 
 

October mid-month 1972, vol. 5 no. 4

November 1972, vol. 5 no. 5
 
 

November 1972, vol. 5 no. 5

November mid-month 1972, vol. 5 no. 6
 
 

November mid-month 1972, vol. 5 no. 6

December 1972, vol. 5 no. 7
 
 

December 1972, vol. 5 no. 7

January 1973, vol. 6 no. 1
 
 

January 1973, vol. 6 no. 1

January mid-month 1973, vol. 6 no. 2
 
 

January mid-month 1973, vol. 6 no. 2

February 1973, vol. 6 no. 2
 
 

February 1973, vol. 6 no. 2

February mid-month 1973, vol. 6 no. 3
 
 

February mid-month 1973, vol. 6 no. 3

March 1973, vol. 6 no. 4
 
 

March 1973, vol. 6 no. 4

April 1973, vol. 6 no. 6
 
 

April 1973, vol. 6 no. 6

May 1973, vol. 6 no. 7
 
 

May 1973, vol. 6 no. 7

June 1973, vol. 6 no. 8
 
 

June 1973, vol. 6 no. 8

August 1973, vol. 6 no. 9
 
 

August 1973, vol. 6 no. 9