Letter to the editor: History of troop useage

In response to  Mr.Dibble’s query related to the use of U.S. Army troops against civilians; one incident that pops instantly to mind is when Herbert Hoover ordered Doug MacArthur to disperse the men, women and children of the Bonus Army, comprised of WWI Veterans, from the National Mall during the Great Depression. A task MacArthur gleefully accomplished with the help of tanks, an act which forced him to resign. Whereupon, he became commander in chief of the Army of the Philippines until WWII allowed him to salvage his reputation. There may be more that further research would reveal but one incident just shows that it’s possible.
Paul Barnkow, 


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