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The accomplishments of the members of The League of Wives were profoundly remarkable, especially given that they transpired in the Vietnam War Era (mid 1960s to mid 1970s) when women's voices were so often muted. Military spouses were given military protocol guides advising them to keep their opinions to themselves. President Lyndon Johnson’s administration reinforced this message, admonishing POW and MIA wives to “Keep Quiet,” about their husbands imprisoned or missing in Vietnam.

The problem, as these courageous women quickly realized:  KEEPING QUIET WAS NOT WORKING.

After agonizing months and years over having their husbands imprisoned in a foreign land and their children growing up without fathers, these women took action. They used worldwide media exposure to take on the North Vietnamese for their brutality and forced the U.S. government to take a hardline stance on behalf of American prisoners and missing.

 

What started at a dining room table in a quaint home in Coronado became a regional, then national, then international movement that changed history. 

A memorial sculpture to The League of Wives is long overdue to honor these courageous women. This monument will inspire generations to come, especially young women aspiring to live to their fullest potential.

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Sybil Stockdale Today Show 1970