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The Chickenhawk Hall of Shame

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Charles Gwynne "Chuck" Douglas III
Chickenhawk First Class with Distinguished Fleeing Cross
December 2, 1942
home state:
New Hampshire
missed opportunity:
Vietnam War
Too well connected, apparently, to serve in the shooting Army
Lawyering, with a side of Congressman
Though not particularly bellicose for a Republican, Chuck has made up for it with fervid partisan zeal. He graduated from UNH in 1965, when the draft was pretty strong, but went straight to BU Law. He got out of there in 1968, when it was even stronger. No problem – Ol’ Chuck was “admitted to the bar in 1968 and commenced practice in Manchester, N.H., 1970-1974,” according to an unimpeachable source. How’d he manage to avoid Vietnam? According to, the future Congressman (NH, 2nd District, 1989-1991) was a “Colonel [in the] New Hampshire Army National Guard, 1968 to present.” As the kids say, “WTF?”