Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed on Thursday April 4, 1968. I was in basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. We were close to finishing basic training and the Army was going to let us have leave for the whole weekend. Because of the riots and fighting close by in New Jersey, the Army cancelled our leave.
The next weekend was Easter and by then the riots had pretty much ended, but not the scars. The Army gave us a few hours of leave on Easter Sunday. Since I only lived about 10 miles away from Fort Dix, I invited a few of my new Army buddies home for Easter dinner.
That’s me on the left, then Don Wyman, Chuck Wilder and Ron Walker on the far right. I know you are asking yourself, how did he remember their names after almost 42 years? Easy we had a basic training yearbook. Notice all of my friends’ names start with a “W”? That’s the Army for you, everything was done alphabetically back then. We were all in the same squad and on the same page of the yearbook.