Originally posted by inverslyproportional
reply to post by seabag
My fellow Veterans, I believe it is time to show them what we think about their slanderous accusations. I say we all get in contact with our local
veterans groups and organize a show of political shock and awe. i think we need to have a 5 million Veteran march to put this in perspective for them.
Demanding that they stop taking a mentally derenged citizens actions, as proof of all Veterans guilt of said actions. This is the same as trying to
say all muslims blah blah blah, or all black people blah blah blah. There is no difference. We are protected by law from being discriminated against
because of our Veterans status. It is a right, and as such, we need to exercize it.
Having said all of that I am very proud to have served my country, and I am very proud to have continued the tradition of excellence that our armed
forces have upheld. And I am very proud to count myself amongst you.
Ever heard of the "bonus army"?????
Marching and gathering didn't turn out to good for them or their families in "the camp"...
The marchers remained at their campsite waiting for President Hoover to act. On July 28, 1932, Attorney General William D. Mitchell ordered the police
to remove the Bonus Army veterans from their camp. When the veterans moved back into it, they rushed two policemen trapped on the second floor of a
building. The cornered police drew their revolvers and shot two veterans, William Hushka and Eric Carlson, who died later.
William Hushka (1895–1932) was an immigrant to the United States from Lithuania. When the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, he sold his butcher shop
in St. Louis, Missouri and joined the United States Army. After the war he lived in Chicago, Illinois. Hushka is buried in Arlington National
Eric Carlson (1894 – July 28, 1932) was a U.S. veteran from Oakland, California. He fought in the trenches of France in World War I. He
was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.
When told of the shootings, President Hoover ordered the army to evict the Bonus Army from Washington.
U.S. Army intervention
At 4:45 p.m., commanded by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the 12th Infantry Regiment, Fort Howard, Maryland, and the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, supported by six
battle tanks commanded by Maj. George S. Patton, formed in Pennsylvania Avenue while thousands of civil service employees left work to line the street
and watch. The Bonus Marchers, believing the troops were marching in their honor, cheered the troops until Patton ordered the cavalry to charge
them—an action which prompted the spectators to yell, "Shame! Shame!" Shacks that members of the Bonus Army erected on the Anacostia Flats burning
after the confrontation with the military. After the cavalry charged, the infantry, with fixed bayonets and adamsite gas, an arsenical vomiting
agent, entered the camps, evicting veterans, families, and camp followers. The veterans fled across the Anacostia River to their largest camp and
President Hoover ordered the assault stopped.
However Gen. MacArthur, feeling the Bonus March was a Communist attempt to overthrow the U.S.
government, ignored the President and ordered a new attack. Fifty-five veterans were injured and 135 arrested. A veteran's wife miscarried. When
12-week-old Bernard Myers died in the hospital after being caught in the tear gas attack, a government investigation reported he died of enteritis,
while a hospital spokesman said the tear gas "didn't do it any good."
During the military operation, Major Dwight D. Eisenhower, later President of the United States, served as one of MacArthur's junior aides.
Believing it wrong for the Army's highest-ranking officer to lead an action against fellow American war veterans, he strongly advised MacArthur
against taking any public role: "I told that dumb son-of-a-bitch not to go down there," he said later. "I told him it was no place for the Chief of
Staff." Despite his misgivings, Eisenhower later wrote the Army's official incident report which endorsed MacArthur's conduct.
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