Interview with Howard Holland

What was the scariest moment in that period?


Well, I guess the scariest moment was when we, ah, people would stop us and say some people just went into the store here and, ah, the police officers, they were trained at that time, of course police techniques, ah, they would go into the store, ah, and, ah, the Guardsmen would remain outside and just provide, ah, protection to the police officers at that point, so they could do their duties. We didn't have arrest powers as Guardsmen, policemen did. And, ah, I guess my biggest fear was one of these times getting out of the car and having someone not like the, ah, power authority of military and police in their city and, ah, not knowing what would happen every time we stepped out of that car or approached a building or, ah, you know, go up to a car that was on fire or something and see if there was anybody in it so we could help them out, and, ah, that was basically the biggest fear. Ah, at night time, ah, ah, the first three days when they tried to enforce a curfew, ah, real strict, ah, we'd pick up curfew violators as well, and, ah, you just couldn't see anybody at night in the city, ah, so many corners and back alleys, and even the main streets looked like, ah, ah, there were just uh--it was scary at times.