Andy Stapp

Andy Stapp
Born(1944-03-25)March 25, 1944
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 3, 2014(2014-09-03) (aged 70)
New York City, New York
OccupationActivist, teacher
Known forAmerican Servicemen's Union

Andrew Dean Stapp (March 25, 1944 – September 3, 2014) was an American activist known for forming the American Servicemen's Union, an unofficial union for the U.S. military, in opposition to the Vietnam War.

Stapp began as a student activist until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966. There he rallied anti-war sentiment, leading to two highly publicized courts-martial. After establishing the American Servicemen's Union, Stapp was discharged for subversive activity. He was married to Deirdre Griswold; both were members of the Workers World Party.[1]

Early life

Stapp was born March 25, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a military nurse. He was adopted from an orphanage by William and Martha Stapp. He grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his older brother William.[1][2]

Stapp enrolled at Pennsylvania State University to study history. He began questioning the Vietnam War during an archaeology expedition in Egypt, where he learned about the country's colonial history under British rule. Stapp participated in a sit-in on Hiroshima Day in 1965, where he was arrested for disorderly conduct and accused police of throwing tear gas into locked vans of arrestees.[3] He became involved with the anti-Vietnam War movement on campus and served as president of SENSE, Students for Peace.[4] Frustrated by difficulties building draft resistance among other students, Stapp dropped out of Penn State and decided to build resistance within the military.[5]

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