Federal Troops Attack Veterans Marching in DCSubmitted by cactus1010 on Wed, 06/24/2009 - 15:55
Our government has not been completely innocent in the way it's treated it's own citizens.
Those who are without sin cast the first stone. How can we cast the first stone at other countries when we have this black mark on our own history?
March of the Bonus Army - Part 1
March of the Bonus Army - Part 2
March of the Bonus Army - Part 3
I myself am having a difficult time believing the part about Patton and the swamp. However, if it is true, I have no doubt he is spending his eternity in that very special place reserved for those who commit such acts.
The Veterans March of 1932
In June 1932 a small band of World War One Veterans calling themselves the Bonus Expeditionary Force or BEF started gathering in Washington to protest Congress' delay in the payment of their War Bonds they were promised. By mid August their numbers had grown to between 15,000 and 24,00 depending on the source as more and more Veterans and their families gathered in Washington demanding that they be paid.
On August 28.1932 President Hoover ordered General Douglas Macarthur to evict the Veterans. Macarthur ordered then Majors George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower to mobilize the Federal troops out of Fort Myers, Virginia.
At 4:00 that afternoon Major Patton ordered the Calvary to charge the unarmed veterans and their families. Killing and wounding many of the marchers as well as a few by standers, one of whom was a United States Senator. As the day progressed into night the Army attacked the Veterans main encampment with small arms, bayonets, machineguns and tanks. In all it is reported that some 1,600 people, mostly woman and children were killed in the daylong struggle. Nobody knows for sure the exact number as there were those who had escapped the city during the fighting and who died of their injuries while on the roads heading back to their homes.
For those interested in verification of the events of the 1932 Veterans March on D. C. check out "The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-1972" by William Manchester.