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This is Colonel Joseph Kittinger stepping from a balloon-supported gondola at the altitude of , feet km on August , In freefall for minutes at speeds up to mph , km/h he opened his parachute at km

" “But all, in a sense, are casualties, still abroad or absent without leave from the real America. I want them to come home if they want to work their way back…In my judgment, these young Americans should have a second chance to contribute their fair share to the rebuilding of peace among ourselves and with all nations."
"But they have two other Rights; those of sitting when they please, and as long as they please, in which methinks they have the advantage of your Parliament; for they cannot be dissolved by the Breath of a Minister, or sent packing as you were the other day, when it was your earnest desire to have remained longer together."
"[E]very Man who comes among us, and takes up a piece of Land, becomes a Citizen, and by our Constitution has a Voice in Elections, and a share in the Government of the Country."
"Whenever you are to do a thing tho? it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly."
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks."
"It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the worlds believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition."
"Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you . . . . From the practice of the purest virtue, you may be assured you will derive the most sublime comforts in every moment of life, and in the moment of death."

Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black standing with hand on door knob & commission from President under his arm as he leaves the White House, Aug. 19, 1937. (Underwood / The LIFE Images Collection / Getty)


appearing before Platform Committee

" I stated my strong conviction that unconditional blanket amnesty for anyone who illegally evaded or fled military service is wrong"
United States

Letter from Aaron Fontaine


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