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Confrontation with Anti-War Protestors in Idaho-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a long story (it
appears below) about a macho confrontation between a Vietnam era
American POW and anti-war demonstrators in the university town of
Moscow, Idaho. The protestors were against the U.S. military
action in Afghanistan after the terrorist attacks on the U.S.
The story is fiction. In addition to the unlikely events
described, the folks in Moscow, Idaho say it never happened.
The only Best Western in town is the University Inn. A
spokesperson says they've got two restaurants at the Best Western, but neither of them
has had flags displayed as is said in the story. No one has
heard of the confrontation between the POW and the protestors.
Additionally, neither of the restaurants has a Polish
Also, the eRumor says this happened at the home of Idaho University,
but that school is in Pocatello, Idaho, not Moscow and it is known
as Idaho State Universty. The school in Moscow is the
University of Idaho.
A real example of the story as it has
Subject: OK in Idaho
I arrived in Moscow, Idaho (Home of Idaho University one block from
Best Western) and went to dinner at Best Western. About 85-100
people were in the Restaurant. I'm at a table for about 5 minutes
when this "Group" comes in (20 people). They have Anti-War
Picket Signs with them. It appears that two of these demonstrators are
Professors. They all sit at a large round table behind me and
begin to talk very loudly about US atrocities in Afghanistan. One of the
"Professors" stands up and gives a brief talk about how the
"US is famous for atrocities" and Afghanistan will be no
different. One of the students asked a question about Viet Nam POW's.
The "Professor" makes a comment about how that was only US
propaganda about poor treatment of POW's.
OK - I'm really mad now and I jump up and go over to their table. In
retrospect - Over the entrance to the Restaurant is a huge American
Flag. On each table is an American Flag and a small hand painted sign
"United We Stand") I excuse myself and ask the Professor if I
can ask him a question. He says yes. I said that he appears to be of age
to have served in VietNam, and asked him if he had served. His answer
was, "NO - I defended this Campus and told the truth to the
students. I then asked if he remembered what he was doing on February
16, 1969. When he answered, "Of course not - that was too long
ago," I responded, "Really, I remember what I was doing. That
was the second day of my capture and I had been standing in a bamboo
cage for 24 hours with water up to my chest". I then said
"Sir, your comments about how POW's in Nam were treated are a lie
and I personally say to you, you are a ******* liar, as you never were
there. I was a POW and they did not treat our POWs humanely. The only
other person I have ever heard make the statements like you have is Jane
Fonda. Is she telling the truth and not me?" He stood up and after
about 10 seconds said, "Jane is a great patriot and I cannot
visualize her lying."
With that, I reached over and grabbed the small American Flag and United
We Stand sign and said, "I'm taking this back to my table where it
can be appreciated". No one said a word to me as I started to
walk back. However after a few seconds, people started standing up and
applauding all around the restaurant.
Two men got up from a table across the room and walked over to me. The
first identified himself as former US Marine Lieutenant Flynn and the
other man was former Gunnery Sergeant Graboski. In a loud voice after
introducing themselves, Lt. Flynn said they were former Marine Guards at
a US Embassy. He then said, "We are over at this table to defend
the US Flag from all foes, both foreign and domestic." They then
sat down and asked their Waitress to bring their meals over to the
table. A few more minutes went by with loud comments from the
"Anti-War" table. All of a sudden, "Gunny" Sergeant
Graboski stood up and in a loud voice said "All of you heard what
the President said the other night. You are either with the United
States or you are with the terrorists." He then said, "Please
stand and join me in God Bless America."
As he started singing, people all around the restaurant stood up
and joined in. Several of the students at the "Anti-War" table
also stood up half way through the song and joined in. Both Professors
and the majority of the students remained seated and refused to sing. At
the end there was a great ovation.
The Manager came up to my table. (He and his staff came out from the
kitchen and sang). He thanked me for what I started and then went over
to the Anti-War table and asked them to leave. "I will pay for what
you have had so far but I cannot in good conscience serve you - get out
now!! One of the Professors then made a remark "Well, we are
not going to pay one dime for how shabbily we have been treated."
As they were leaving, one customer stood up and said, "Manager,
here is $5 towards their bill, anyone else willing to chip in to get
this scum out of here?" All over the restaurant, people stood up
reaching for their wallet and saying, "I'll chip in" The
Manager, in tears said, "My family is from Poland, I am now a
citizen and am so proud of what I see tonight." He started crying
and a couple of the waitresses helped him into the kitchen.
The two Marines and I were there for about another 20 minutes and
finished our meal. The Hostess came up and showed us more than $100
dollars that all the other tables had told their Waitresses to give
towards our bill. I thanked her but said I could not take the money. Lt
Flynn suggested donating it in the Restaurant's name to the New York
Relief Fund, so I guess that's what will happen. I just can't
believe how Americans are coming together now. Just thought you would
like to hear how the rest of the country is reacting to what happened!!!
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