Interview with Ernest Green
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE SIXTEEN YEARS OLD AND BE SURROUNDDED BY UH, MILITARY HARDWARE?

Ernest Green:

That was more military hardware than I'd ever seen. Uh, went to school in an army station wagon, and I… I think if anything stays on my mind as long as I live, this does. That, there was the uh, the Colonel in charge of, of the detail escorting us to school, was, was from South Carolina, he told us that. And he had a very think Southern accent. And uh, he went to great pains to assure Mrs. Bates and the other parents that were there that he was there to provide protection. And that seemed, what I knew about, about Southerners, uh, so, uh, incongruous that this guy with this deep Southern accent was going to provide us with our protection, but when we got into the jeep, uh, into the station wagon rather, and the convoy that went from Mrs. Bates house to the school it had a, a jeep in front a jeep behind, they both had machine gun mounts,** uh, there were soldiers with rifles, uh… and then** when we got to the front of the school, the whole school was ringed with, with paratroopers and helicopters hovering around and we** walked, marched up the steps**, and walked up the steps with this uh, circle of uh, soldiers with bayonets drawn. I figured that we had really uh… we had really gone into school that day** without any problems and uh… I guess, given the problems we had getting in there, walking up the steps that day was probably one of the biggest feelings I've ever had. I figured I had finally cracked it.**