Cline served in Vietnam in 1967 as a rifleman in the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division. Disabled by wounds, he was awarded three Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, and other honors.
In 1970 he joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), one of whose leaders was John Kerry. In 2004 Cline was also the still-existing VVAW organization’s National Coordinator. VFP and VVAW, therefore, have intertwined leadership….and intertwined ideology.
In 2004 Cline told CyberNewsService (CNS) that he had been aware of Communist infiltration of VVAW during the early 1970s but dismissed their importance. “Mainly,” CNS quotes him as saying, “I thought they were just people just trying to sell their papers.”
Cline is a former officer of Transport Workers Union Local 1400 in New Jersey.