• Short Summary

    A Briton who until a few months ago was fighting with United States troops in South Vietnam, explained today (Thursday) how he had deserted while on leave in Britain - leave earned by volunteering for extra service.

    "The only way I could get out of the army," said 26-year-old Gordon Mepham," was to volunteer for six months' service.

  • Description

    A Briton who until a few months ago was fighting with United States troops in South Vietnam, explained today (Thursday) how he had deserted while on leave in Britain - leave earned by volunteering for extra service.

    "The only way I could get out of the army," said 26-year-old Gordon Mepham," was to volunteer for six months' service. This entitles a soldier to 30 days leave anywhere in the world, and the army pays the fares."
    Mr. Mepham said that he had chosen England because it was his home and that he did not intend going back to Vietnam. He knew of many other soldier who had deserted and come to England.

    Mr. Mepham said he had gone to the United States in 1963 and because he lived there for more than six months he become liable to call-up. He spent two years in the American army and was wounded twice in Vietnam while serving with the second battalion of the Seventh U.S. cavalry.

    A spokesman for the American embassy has said last night (Wednesday) that Mr. Mepham was not liable for arrest in Britain. "When he came back to England and decided he wanted to continue living as a British subject, the American military no longer had any control over him," he said.

    Mr. Mepham explained today how he came to be in the American army....

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEKKTFGDHTAYOUZY2RBTO0DIRA
    Media URN:
    VLVAEKKTFGDHTAYOUZY2RBTO0DIRA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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