Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Four Dead In Ohio

This Day In Boomer History
May 4, 1970

"Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming
Four dead in Ohio..."

Allison Krause, 19. Honor student and daughter of a Holocaust survivor.

"Four dead in Ohio..."

Jeffrey Miller, 20. A recent tranfer to Kent State from Michigan State University. Member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. An active demonstrator against the war in Vietnam.

"Four dead in Ohio..."

William Knox Schroeder, 19. Eagle Scout. Psychology major. Recipient of the Association of the United States Army award for excellence in History.

"How many more?"

Sandra Scheuer, 20. Honors student in speech therapy. Not a demonstrator, but killed as she walked across the college green between classes.

"Four dead in Ohio."
(OHIO by Neil Young)

Kent State University, 40 years ago today. In 13 seconds, the Ohio National Guard shot 67 shots into a group of college students protesting the Vietnam War. In13 seconds, four were dead and nine were wounded, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis as a result of his injuries. College students across the country protested the actions during the following days. Five days later, 100,000 converged on Washington, protesting the war and the killing of unarmed college students.

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