“TIN SOLDIERS AND NIXON’S COMING..” – KENT STATE MASSACRE THIS DAY 1970

 

Mary Ann Vecchio screams as she kneels over the body of fellow s

On this day in 1970 the Ohio National Guard were sent to Kent State University due to disturbances in the city of Kent that weekend. Students at the university were protesting the Cambodian Campaign of the United States and South Vietnam in the Vietnam War. The National Guard opened fire on the students, killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others.

I was only nine years old at the time but I clearly remember where I was that day- my first trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame- and hearing the news on the radio about the shooting.

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6 responses to ““TIN SOLDIERS AND NIXON’S COMING..” – KENT STATE MASSACRE THIS DAY 1970

  1. I was a high school senior then…contemplating my fate. Would I be drafted to serve in Vietnam or be allowed to advance to college. The Kent State shootings gave me more to think about.

    • I am 3 years older than you. Had 2S student deferment but if dropped below 2.0 two semesters in a row entered draft pool But then draft lottery came in. Out of 365 days my birth date was in high 300’s so got to finish college. Almost went career army after required 2 years ROTC but watched those jets drop napalm on innocent rice farmers every night on TV and decided God did not put America here to drop fire on people. I was lucky. I had a choice. Became American history teacher 33 years.

  2. I was in college that year at the University of South Florida and became immediately influenced by the anti war movement. The circumstances of my life and career changed dramatically because of this war.

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