Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 27
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 27

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
Page 27
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itft - juu*-m IMTt ·:-cj- . ·:?.'.' ·'·'·· t,% CABIN CREEK DRAFT RESISTER JAILED Guard Tower Overlooks Don Stamper Bill's on the Ball... with a big Summer Sale!!! Clearance of almost all summer sport coats, suits, pants, short sleeve dress and sport shirts, ties and knit sport shirts. Get on the ball, too! Save some really big money and roll into War Isn't Over for Draft Registers mat. Ifiul fur «W otktfrf mff im jaiL. pemderimg By Strat CABIN CREEK. W. Ya. t AP ) -- Lee Stamper is a grizzled veteran of 12 years in the coal mines of West Virginia and three years in the jungles of Burma, where he helped build the famed Ledo Road during "World War II." Like thousands of other patriotic young Americans in those days, he joined the Army. There was no draft in May" 1940. "I was an enlistee." Stamper said, obviously savoring the word. The term was a positive one when Hitler was terrorizing Europe and the ominous image of the Rising Sun was peeping over the eastern horizon. When the war ended. Stamper and his surviving compatriots came home to live the life they fought to preserve. In his case, it meant joining the American Legion, getting a job in the mines and taking a bride. Over the years, the Stamper union begat three sons. The eldest, Donald, is a big, handsome lad who was captain of the high school basketball team. Donald Stamper never gave his parents cause for worry as he grew up. His father was proud of his son's athletic achievements and he's still proud of Donald aow that he's married and settled down. Settled down, of course, may be an understatement. Donald Stamper. 25, has just finished serving 18 months at the Federal Youth Center in Summit. Ky. He was a draft resister. * * * THERE ARE 150 other draft resisters in jail today, although the Vietnam truce is 18 months old and the draft ended a year ago. In lieu of jail, 2,000 more young men convicted of draft resistance are serving compulsory terms today as orderlies in government hospitals or as laborers on federal projects. Stamper's action and the war he refused to fight are two issues that divided this nation like few others in recent history, setting father against son. But this didn't happen to the Stampers. "You k n o w , " the elder Stamper mused in his soft, husky voice, "1 think 1 would have done the same thing Donald did." Cabin Creek, where Stamper makes his home, is primarily a coal mining community, a place where Middle values ferid sway. Perbaps Ior ttes reason Staxb- per's neighbors do eoi sfeare his seaUnaeais. They do nw say. But Stamper has tots of company across the nation, according to Lou Harris polls. U.S. policy is to punish those who refused to serve during U.S. involvement in Vietnam. "We have a Congressional mandate and instructions to go after each case vigorously." says an attorney in the criminal section of the Justice Department. "The posture now is to prosecute." * · * THERE'S AN increasing tendency toward probation." said Dr. Wesley Brown, one of several full-time workers at the Philadelphia office of the Prison Visitation and Support Committee (PVS), an umbrella organizaton composed of religious and social groups that keeps track of U.S. political prisoners. Since the 1960s, the Federal Youth Center in nearby Summit, Ky. has had its share of convicted draft resisters. As many as 35 have been jailed there at one time. The five currently at the center, and Stamper, just released, were sentenced to terms ranging from two to six years. Most draft resisters actually spent about 17 months behind bars. "It was simply a moral question," Stamper said during a bull session in the prison chape* «ae after*** startiy before fejs release. "1 didn't didn't ttuak it was right to be told u go over there aad kill somebody.. .1 resisted being manipulated." Stamper made bis decision not to serve in the days when Muhammed Ali was in the headlines telling UJS. Selective Service officials he had "nuthin" against them Cong." Brown said that jailed draft resisters are treated similarly to other prison inmates, except that those with conscientious objector status usually "are a little more active in expressing their unhappiness with prison policy and get shipped around within the system a good bit." Karaap, 23, wfeose wife aad baby live OB *eUare, as did Stamper's wife aad eoiid, was the oph draft resister among the five at Summit with a coUege degree. He met bis wife, Judy, at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Ya., and earned a degree in economies. "My objection to war is religious and to the draft it was political." he explained. "I've thought about leaving the country." Karnap added. "And when 1 get out we'll probably either leave or get us a little farm somewhere in West Virginia." * » * STAMPER, TALL and blond, has no regrets for ^ priscc war Caaada a»J feasao b« fiass for the f«- tjure. t'pwj release, be returned to fctsoidjoi) as a saJes- tuaa- "Yo« jus! couldfl't inxagaie what it felt liie to have those doors shut behind me." be recalled, -It's like leaving one world and entering another. I was a little leery when I first arrived. I didn't know how the guys in here would react to a draft dodger. Before 1 came here. I thought everybody in jail was crazy. "Now." he added, "I'm getting out and I'm having some anticipation. I don't know how people on the outside will react. NOTICE GORBY'S MUSIC WILL BE CLOSED MON., JULY 1 st FOR INVENTORY WILL BE OPIN USUAL HOURS TUESDAY Phone 744-9452 MUSIC, ^/INC. 214 7th A ve. South Charleston Jat imers .-Opai M«i. 'tl f Free. A 5-piece stainless place setting to get you started. We know how tough it is to save money. 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PREMIUM 5-piece set 5-piece set 5-piece set 5-piece set 5-piece set OPTION Full set walnut case for $44.95 Full set walnut case for $34.95 Limit of one free place setting per family on individual accounts only. The Charleston National Bank Member of F.D.I.C. Member of Federal Reserve System.

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