Tony Alkire

Conversation with Tony Alkire
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Tony Alkire, USS Midway, San Deigo, California, 2021
Tony Alkire, USS Midway, San Deigo, California, 2021

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Alkire's photographs from the war, dates unkown
Alkire's photographs from the war, dates unkown

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Tony Alkire, USS Midway, San Deigo, California, 2021
Tony Alkire, USS Midway, San Deigo, California, 2021

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In 1968, Tony Alkire was drafted by the Army, and in 1969 was flying highly classified missions over Cambodia. Receiving high marks on his flight aptitude tests, he attended Officer Candidate School and became a Technical Operator for the Mohawk aircraft (see second photograph above). Alkire explains his wartime experience as, "witnessing from above," resulting in extreme guilt and detrimental PTSD. When Alkire returned home, he was unaware of the American public opinion of the war, stating, "People blamed the veterans and not the government." After Alkire learned more about the war, he says in the conversation, he came to this realization: "It takes time to understand your government really was lying to you." Alkire continues to "resent the government for letting politics affect the war."