America’s future top military brass relished the opportunity to get some combat experience against the Bonus Marchers, one of the greatest betrayals of the American military leadership.
…by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor …for the Bonus Marchers
You all know of the story, like me. I had seen some photos before, but never news film clips of the event. So here they are.
It was a great find, but then a sad one to watch MacArthur and Eisenhower working for their combat ribbons against some of the most shabbily treated of America’s veterans, the WWI Bonus Marchers.
I will be writing about this more, later on. The bad seed of the horrible treatment of future veterans was born in the horrible treatment of the WWI vets.
What the brass did in this event gave all future civilian leadership a free pass to do just about anything, like the VA has done to the Los Angeles Veterans home trust that has been looted by rich locals and political wheels.
Hoover had stated that ‘serving their country’ was payment enough for the WWI vets. Obviously this did not extend to the huge profits that the war contractors made during the war, which they would look forward to doing again in the one, and did.
MacArthur, Eisenhower, and Patton…to the public display of every monument that stands in their honor, there should be added a brass plaque attached describing how they had attacked the WWI veterans rather than going over to their side, which is what the bastards should have done.
If MacArthur had mutinied, surrounded the Congress and White house, cutting off all food and water until they passed the Bonus Marchers relief…it would have set a different tone of the shabby treatment of future postwar vets. But alas, they were not brave enough to do that.