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I'm proud of my Vietnam service and salute Muhammad Ali for refusing to go - Military Times

I'm proud of my Vietnam service and salute Muhammad Ali for refusing to go - Military Times

I also told him how much I admired him for standing up for his principles and not going to Vietnam, a war he opposed on moral grounds, even though it cost him his boxing title, millions of dollars in lost revenue, the opprobrium of many of his fellow citizens (including some African-American leaders), and a potential jail sentence. I especially admired that he could have beaten the system and avoided the war, like Dick Cheney, who was the secretary of defense at the time and about the same age as Ali (and I). I also told him that I was impressed at how well he was dealing with Parkinson’s, a disease my late mother was also coping with at the time.

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