VIETNAM ERA (1967-70) NAVY DOC HONORED
DR. GEORGE TILLER, VETERAN AND WOMENS RIGHTS ADVOCATE
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER
When a third assassination attempt was finally successful, Fox News was quick to duck blame for publicly calling for Dr. Tiller’s murder. The assassin was even under FBI surveillance when Dr. Tiller was shot while serving as an usher in his church on Sunday morning a short time ago.
One of our friends, a member of local Legion Post 136 in Mulvane, Ks, told us that their Patriot Guard was requested at this veterans funeral but intitially refused. Only when the wife of a member shamed them into complying with their own charter, to serve ALL VETERANS EQUALLY, did they agree and honor Dr. Tiller.
I want to thank the Legion for doing the honorable thing, even if after hesitation. Honest debate is the heart of American values and, when needed, an American patriot stood up for American values. Over 400 attended the vigil in his honor. (photo above)
Most members of our government, elected, appointed or civil service, who were of age to serve during Vietnam, opted themselves into National Guard slots through “political pull” or dodged and weaved to avoid defending their own country. Tiller could have taken extended training and finished compulsory military service well after combat ended. Instead, Dr. Tiller served where those others, the “Chickenhawks” and “talking heads” who advocate bombings and killings, domestic terrorism for certain, in a thinly veiled attempt to pander to extremist elements for personal gain, did not.
George Tiller chose to be a controversial figure, putting women’s rights and reproductive freedom over his own life and safety.
In a world where “right to life” also means support of capital punishment (even for the innocent) and torture (even for the innocent), anyone who stands by a belief with nothing to gain but honor is a giant.
These values George Tiller represented were among the finest held dear by veterans and in the best traditions of the United States Navy.
We mourn his passing.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and regular contributor on political and social issues.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.