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August 23 Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali declares himself a conscientious objector, refused to go to war and stating that “I ain’t got no quarrel with the NLF.” Ali also said that he would not go: “10,000 miles to help murder, kill, and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of white slavemasters over dark people and most memorably “No Viet Cong ever called me N….”. According to a writer for Sports Illustrated, the governor of Illinois, Otto Kerner, Jr., called Ali “disgusting” and the governor of Maine, John H. Reed, said that Ali “should be held in utter contempt by every patriotic American.” In 1967 Ali was sentenced to 5 years in prison for draft evasion, but his conviction was later overturned on appeal. In addition, he was stripped of his title and banned from professional boxing for more than three years.
August 23-September 5 Operation Beaver Cage: a U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy Joint Operation in North Vietnam (DRV) along the coastline of the Bon (Ben) Hai river in Quang Nam (Quảng Nam) province. While some weaponry iss seized, suspected NLF tunnels are not found.
August 30 Hanoi announces China will provide economic and technical assistance.
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