Mr Bill Tilton,

After 40 years, I would like to thank you for what you did for our country and myself. We went through some ugly times in the late 60's. I was part of the anti-war movement during the Viet Nam era. It was shocking to see the daily coverage of the war on the nightly news. When the feds held the lottery, my friends and I got together to watch the results. I was blown away when my low number came up. I had just lost my student deferment and was declared 1A. I was planning to move to Canada. As it turned out, my draft records were destroyed in a war protest at the Mpls. draft board. I was sent a letter for me to come back to the draft board and re-register for the draft. I never did.

I can't believe we didn't learn a thing from the Viet Nam war protests. Our President, who I voted for, is getting us into another never ending war. Again they are using fear as the motive. I can't help to think, if they started up the draft again, would there be war protesters to help bring the war to an end.

My wife and I are celebrating our 40th. wedding anniversary this month. We have two sons who gave us six wonderful Grandkids. We are now retired and living up in Brainerd and enjoying life. None of this might never have happened if I was sent to Nam or moved to Canada. Again, I would like to thank you and seven others for what you did for our country and hope this history will be taught in the schools.

Sincere thanks, Joe
Brainerd, Mn.

This letter was received during October 2010.

Over the years, numerous men have come forward and thanked us for destroying their draft files. Joe from Brainerd is just one example. During the play, "Peace Crimes," at just about every performance one to three men would approach one of the Minnesota 8 with a story like Joe's. Tom Trow, who produced the documentary on "Peace Crimes," was one whose files we destroyed on the same day that we did Joe's. Whenever someone would approach me with such a story I'd say, "I hope you live a good and productive life." I believe that most had and were continuing to do good. (Frank Kroncke)




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