Monday, May 03, 2010

Kent State - May 4th 1970

While collecting some articles etc. on the Kent State University killings, 40 years ago 4 May 1970, I came across a link of live streaming broadcast of the Kent State Truth Tribunal that will be taking place today and tomorrow and decided to pass these on today rather then waiting till tomorrow. That link can be found at the bottom, it's to Michael Moore's site with a link to a facebook page with videos of Saturdays and Sundays tributes.

I won't add much in commentary, the reports give all one needs, the CBS report from last night sheds light on a possible investigation opening up into the shootings, and there are many others being posted up and will be tomorrow on the Anniversary. But will say that on May 4th 1970 I was only a few weeks into my tour in country Vietnam of my last year in the U.S. Navy and having served all on shore duty.

Kent State Tape Due for High-Tech Analysis

40 Years Later, Investigators Hope to Learn If There Was an Order to Open Fire on Campus Protesters Report Continues

The Kent State Shootings: A Chronology

Kent State Mystery Continues

Sun May 02 15:46:11 PDT 2010

The deadly National Guard shooting of four Kent State students 40 years ago sparked chaos on campuses nationwide. As Russ Mitchell reports, some unanswered questions remain.

Neil Young "Ohio" Live At Massey Hall 1971

Shots Still Reverberate For Survivors Of Kent State

by Noah Adams

Mary Ann Vecchio screams as she kneels over the body of Jeffrey Miller after he was shot during an anti-war demonstration at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4, 1970. Four students were killed when Ohio National Guard troops fired at some 600 anti-war demonstrators. This photo, taken by John Filo, won the Pulitzer Prize.

Out in the world, when people talk about the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, they call it "Kent State." But in the small town of Kent, 35 miles south of Cleveland, and on the university campus, they call it "May 4th."

It was 40 years ago Tuesday that the shootings — which killed four people and wounded nine others — stunned the nation. Even at the height of the Vietnam War protests, no one imagined that government soldiers would fire real bullets at unarmed college students.

"I saw the smoke come out of the weapons, and light is faster than sound, and so I knew immediately [they] were not firing blanks. So it was almost instinctive to dive for cover," remembers Jerry Lewis, who was 33 and teaching sociology at Kent State in 1970. Rest of Report

Kent State, May 4, 1970: A Retrospective

On May 4, 1970, unarmed college students were shot by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University. This slideshow takes a look back at the events of the day.

Special graduations set 40 years after Kent State

Forty years later, Gary Lownsdale is still haunted by what he felt and what he saw in the last days of his senior year.

Shock and outrage over the May 4 National Guard slayings of four Kent State University students, on the other end of Ohio from his University of Cincinnati campus. Then fear and confusion as schools across the state and much of the country saw the demonstrations against the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia swell into angry, combative confrontations.

One by one, colleges closed and students were ordered to pack up and leave, some amid the acrid smell of tear gas as police and armed soldiers stood guard. TV helicopters buzzed overhead. Rumors and reports were rampant, of undercover FBI agents infiltrating students, or violent radicals converging to escalate the protests. Article Continues

Gunshots at Kent State ricochet across the decades

You might remember the photograph: a long-haired girl kneeling over the lifeless body of a young man on the campus of Kent State University, her arms outstretched, her face looking up and screaming to the world. The picture was taken just after noon on May 4, 1970, after Ohio National Guardsmen fired on a student protest, killing four.

It was an image that would mark my generation. It came to symbolize the deep and sometimes ugly chasm in America during the Vietnam War, and for one side of the divide, it came to symbolize all that was wrong with the country. Kent State was the rallying cry. Neil Young could have written the caption for that picture - "This summer I hear the drumming/Four dead in Ohio" - when he penned the words to Ohio just weeks later.

Kent State and Vietnam, Nixon and Agnew. And Trudeau. Thanks to him, Americans of draft age had another option besides going to war or going to jail.

Things would be different. We'd remake the world, we said. We'd end that war and all wars.

Of course, the revolution was never televised. Editorial Continues

What I lost at Kent State

Elaine Holstein is a retired school secretary and social worker

On Tuesday, it will be 40 years since my son Jeff was shot and killed on the campus of his college. He and three of his classmates were murdered by the National Guard at an antiwar demonstration at Kent State.

During a 13-second fusillade of rifle fire, Jeff, Allison Krause, Sandy Scheuer, and Bill Schroeder were killed and nine of their fellow students were wounded.

The students who had gathered that day - all unarmed - held a large range of opinions about the seemingly endless war in Vietnam.

Some, including Jeff, objected intensely to the increasing escalation of a war that had begun when they were barely in their teens. In fact, Jeff had written a poem about the war titled "Where Does It End?" in February 1966, shortly before he turned 16.

Others in the crowd had mixed feelings. Some were just onlookers. Some, like Sandy, were on their way to their next class.

And so, May 4, 1970, became one of the blackest days in the history of our country. Article Continues

Families still search for answers in Kent State tragedy

Laurel Krause looks back on that last weekend with her big sister as a treasure.

It was April 1970 and 15-year-old Laurel Krause took a train from Pittsburgh to Ohio to visit her sister, Allison, at Kent State University.

They celebrated Allison's 19th birthday on April 23 and had put away their childish sibling rivalry.

"It was the first time I was free with my big sister, and I was so happy," said Laurel Krause, 55, who now lives in northern California. "I remember being there at Kent with her and realizing we're going to have a great relationship from here on in because we're going to grow up and get along and like each other."

Less than two weeks later, on May 4, 1970, Allison Krause and three other students were fatally shot by National Guardsmen called in to quell anti-war protests. Article Continues

For more information on the activities to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Kent State shootings visit the university's website

Witness testimony, which began Saturday and ends Tuesday, will be streamed live at filmmaker Michael Moore's website. Michaels site gives you a link where you can view video's from Saturday and Sunday as well as a link for the Kent State Truth Tribunal Livecast Monday & Tuesday 10am to 7pm, in case you might want to tune in live.

In a few on the clips above you will hear a statement by a politician of a certain political party at the time the words spoken could be cut from that and used today, and they are, as well as for the past ten years, especially as to the huge pro peace marches of DC and around the country. Funny how those using those words, still, are supporters of a minority group of citizens who not only get major press coverage but words of the complete opposite and are considered mad at government patriots. Not only coverage but are given free advertising for their rallies in supposed news reports of a supposed cable news? network and are gathering funding from corporations and so called political think tanks and individuals as well as support of politicians and so called major leaders? wrapped in an ideology of talking points with no idea's!

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