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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

4 Kent State University Students Killed 41 Years Ago Today...DO NOT FORGET THEM AMERICA

Not one of America's finer moments.
67 Shoots fired in 13 Seconds

4 Kent State Students Killed by Troops

Kent, Ohio, May 4, 1970 -- Four students at Kent State University, two of them women, were shot to death this afternoon by a volley of National Guard gunfire. At least 8 other students were wounded. (9 students wounded with one permanently paralyzed).

The burst of gunfire came about 20 minutes after the guardsmen broke up a noon rally on the Commons, a grassy campus gathering spot, by lobbing tear gas at a crowd of about 1,000 young people.

In Washington, President Nixon deplored the deaths of the four students in the following statement:

"This should remind us all once again that when dissent turns to violence it invites tragedy. It is my hope that this tragic and unfortunate incident will strengthen the determination of all the nation's campuses, administrators, faculty and students alike to stand firmly for the right which exists in this country of peaceful dissent and just as strong against the resort to violence as a means of such expression." Complete New York Time Article

Almost 5 years later to the day was the Fall of Saigon. 58,220 American service people killed during the Vietnam War Conflict and 4 DEAD IN OHIO.

Robinson Memorial Hospital identified the dead students as Allison Krause, 19 years old, of Pittsburgh; Sandra Lee Scheuer, 20, of Youngstown, Ohio, both coeds; Jeffrey Glenn Miller, 20, of 22 Diamond Drive, Plainsview, L.I., and William K. Schroeder, 19, of Lorain, Ohio.

Paul Tople May 4, 1970 Photograph Collections

Vigilant Grandpa
Missing the Viet Nam draft by one year left an indelible mark on
my being and my view of the world. A fine line separates a realist
from a cynic however keeping one leg on each side
affords me some degree of stability.

To the parents, family and friends of Allison, Sandra,
Jeffrey and William...
They Are Not Forgotten

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