John Musgrave

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John "Gunny" Musgrave USMC VVAW Collaborator

Musgrave says he grew up in a Missouri town filled with patriotic veterans, most dedicated to fighting communism and believing their leaders would never lie to them. He enlisted in the Marines. After his service, Musgrave was extraordinarily active in VVAW. John Musgrave, the Kansas leader of VVAW, sought and was nominated to meet communists in Hanoi in the spring of 1972.[1] He missed that trip, but Musgrave and former Communist Sidney Peck meet the Vietnamese communists in Rome in February 1973. Musgrave attended a conference on amnesty for deserters in Paris February 19-21, 1973.[2] Musgrave attended a February 22-24, 1973 meeting of the Soviet controlled Stockholm Conference on Vietnam. There he spoke in favor of the recognition of the Viet Cong’s paper government, the Provisional Revolutionary Government, PRG, as the new legitimate government of South Vietnam.[3]

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  1. See: FBI, Houston to Director, Teletype, URGENT April 12, 1972 lists names. See: FBI, Acting Director to SACs (List Albany St. Louis), VVAW-IS-Revolutionary Activities, URGENT TELETYPE May 2, 1972, 7; FBI, Domestic Intelligence Division, Informative Note, April 12, 1972.
  2. See: FBI, Acting Director to Secretary of State, Teletype, P 1720, February 30, 1973.
  3. See: FBI, Acting Director to Secretary of State, Teletype, P 1720, February 30, 1973.