On August 3, Circello’s parents persuaded him to surrender and drove him to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. But when they reached the base, nobody knew what to do with him. He was finally told to return at 9 a.m. the following day. Then that plan changed. “I don’t know what I was thinking,” the sergeant in charge said. “Today is Friday. You’ll have to come back Monday morning at 0900.”

Over the weekend, Circello learned that he would ultimately be sent to either Fort Knox or Fort Sill. On Monday morning, he boarded a bus for Fort Sill and made it as far as Lawton, Oklahoma, before deciding not to turn himself in. Just one mile from the gate, he changed course: There was a Veterans For Peace convention in St. Louis the next week—he thought he’d head there instead.