Interview with Craig Rains
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

MAYBE YOU CAN DESCRIBE FOR US NOW THE NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD COMING TO LITTLE ROCK — TO CENTRAL HIGH?

Craig Rains:

The National Guard, that was there first, was called up by the Governor. And it included everybody, including some of the students from Central High, who, eighteen years old, had just joined the Guard, probably went to summer camp that summer. And they found themselves with rifles, standing there, face to face, with their fellow classmates. I've got a couple of pictures here, of some of the National Guardsmen. It was — it was a funny feeling to see your friends there, with guns, on the campus. And they were very uncomfortable about it, too. They didn't really know. It had come up so suddenly. They didn't know how to react, what to do, they were just following orders. And it was very lackadaisical; it was almost a joke to some of them. They laughed about it. They were very casual about it. And — and they were not as strict, and disciplined, in their actions, as the federal troops that were going to follow them.