Monday, January 25, 2010
1932: US Military defeats Bonus Army
Did the U.S. military engage in combat operations between the two World Wars? Did MacArthur, Eisenhower, and Patton get involved? Why, yes, it did and they did, right on the military's front lawn. The enemy was WW I vets and their families. In 1932 the vets were in D.C. to get their silver certificates redeemed for silver. They had received the certificates as a bonus for fighting in the inferno of WW I. The House approved the redemption, but the Senate balked. The vets and their families marched, and the military intervened. Their temporary shelters were burned, their families shot at and gassed. Some were killed, including children. Freedom was once again preserved.