Interview with Howard Holland
QUESTION 11
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

When, when you were on the street on, in the area, could you hear--what did it sound like?

HOWARD HOLLAND:

Well, it sounded, ah, a lot of sirens all over the place of course, ah, the fire, firemen responding, ah, to the, ah, fires and bombings and things of this nature and, ah, police cars going in and, ah, ambulances going back and forth. It was, ah, something I never experienced before, ah, as young as I was at the time I, I really didn't know what was going on and I, ah, just couldn't believe it at the time that, ah, people would be doing this to their own, where they lived, to their own city, so--

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

OK, cut.

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

OK, if you could just finish your thought. I didn't mean to interrupt it, you----OK, what were you saying?

HOWARD HOLLAND:

Er, we didn't. The Guard did not go in, you know, I'm looking just from a, a soldier viewpoint at this time. The Guard did not go into the--Detroit, to be big bad boys of summer, or to be the conquering, ah, military force, ah, we went in there to protect the citizens of Detroit, we didn't go in there to destroy the citizens ever - went in to protect the property, to protect the firemen, the policemen, ah, the utility workers, and to protect the people so they would have a city. Ah, a majority of the Guard was from the city of Detroit. Ah, Detroit feeds the entire surrounding community here, always has, and, ah, a lot of people that were downtown, a lot of Guardsmen, they were from the city of Detroit, and it was their home, and they were there to protect their own home, that's what we were there for and, ah, that's what, ah, the greatest majority of us saw our mission was, was to protect citizens in, you know, in the city. Ah, they were very very kind to us when we were there. I remember, I had some of the greatest food I ever ate during the disturbance; they would just bring it up to the, to the gates of the, of the schools we were staying at and offer it to us and, and just not accept money. Ah, so the best memories I had about the situation--

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

Do you remember one specifically?

HOWARD HOLLAND:

Ah, across from Southeastern I had this one lady that, ah, ah, she would just bring huge platters of pork chops up to the gate and offer it to us. And, and the guys would come and the would want to pay her for it, you know, and, and she just wouldn't accept any money. And as soon as she finished that one platter she'd go back, an hour later come back with another huge platter, it'd be pork chops or fried chicken or something. And it got to the point where people would go over there and ask where she is if she wasn't there for an hour. And, ah, but it was nice you know, the kids would, ah, ah, the kids would want to come into the school yard and of course they couldn't come in because it would basically violate security and that, but they would want to come in and talk to us and things of that nature. But, ah, the people, that was one of the best memories I had, was the people.

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

Cut. OK, well thank you, is there anything that I haven't [SIC].