Joe Allen
18 min readMay 29, 2022


Stoughton’s forever war

Looking like a storm cloud, this is a display of ‘dog tags’ representing the 58,000 war dead from the Vietnam War at the Chicago Public Library.

Working class war

Active duty GI’s protesting the war in Vietnam.

Cult of the Marine Corps

My Mom signing her induction papers.

Memorial Day 1969

Youth radicalism

The Moratorium

A satire of Cardinal Spellman’s Pro-War stance.
From the Brockton Enterprise.

War and Memory



Joe Allen

Joe Allen is a former Teamster. He writes regularly for Tempest magazine and is the author of The Package King A Rank and File History of UPS.