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I'm reading a book where the author, over the course of several years, interviewed a number of surviving WW1 veterans. In the most recent chapter I read about a sad episode in American history I knew nothing about. In 1932 a "Bonus Army" of WW1 veterans marched on DC and camped out in and around the capitol in order to force lawmakers to pay them the bonus for their service. Keep in mind that these veterans did not have any of of the benefits that veterans post WWII and to the present have access to.
Here's an excerpt from the Wikipedia article on how the Bonus Army was broken up by the government of the United States:
"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 tear gas (adamsite, 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 an 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 the 34th 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." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army
Think about that for a minute. These veterans of WW1, who faced the horrors of toxic gas in trenches across the Atlantic, received a similar treatment from their own government.
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