In the early 1960s, at a time when many young people were being radicalized by the Vietnam War, Wright left college and volunteered to join the United States Marine Corps. After three years as a marine, he chose to serve three more as a naval medical technician, during which time he received several White House commendations.
Six fucking years serving his country! By choice!
I hadn't seen specifics on this, but I suspected that Wright had volunteered to join the Marines based on his age and service time. Now I have confirmation. That's from a lengthy defense of Wright in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by a Professor Emeritus from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Just remember this the next time you hear some GOP fucktard or FOX News blowhard call Wright an unpatriotic, America-hating traitor. And do so with the absolute certainty that the loudmouth doing the insulting did no such thing.