Fort Hood Three

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The Fort Hood Three were three soldiers of the US Army – Private First Class James Johnson, Private David Samas, and Private Dennis Mora – who refused to be deployed to Vietnam in 1966. They were stationed together at Fort Hood, Texas, in the 142nd Signal Company, 2nd Armored Division. Upon finding out they were to be sent to Vietnam, they prepared a joint statement which they intended to deliver during a press conference in New York City. However, Mora had to deliver the statement alone after the other two were arrested.[1][2][3][4]

The three eventually brought the case to the Supreme Court as Mora v. McNamara (389 U.S. 934), claiming that the Vietnam War was illegal, among other things. The court denied certiorari in the case.


  1. ^ DeBenedetti, Charles (1990). An American Ordeal: The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Era. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. 
  2. ^ Cortright, David (1975). Soldiers in Revolt: The American Military Today. Garden City, NY: Anchor Press. 
  3. ^ Small, Melvin; Hoover, William D. (1992). Give Peace a Chance: Exploring the Vietnam Antiwar Movement. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. 
  4. ^ (unknown). "The Fort Hood Three: The Case of Three G.I.'s Who Said "No" to the War in Vietnam". SIr! No Sir!. Displaced Films. Retrieved 2013-01-20.