Patton led the army against the Bonus Army, a large group of unarmed people just wanting the government to pay them their bonus.
I don’t know why so many on here idolize Patton, when he led the military against his own brothers and countrymen. That to me is absolutely inexcusable.
It was a sad state of affairs all around. The veterans bonus certificates were set up such that they were not to be redeemable until 1945 (with certain exceptions). With the onset of the depression they demanded immediate payment.
Patton enforced the orders of McCarthur reluctantly.
Which wasn't due. They wanted their 'free stuff' a couple of generations too early. Of course, the democrats finally gave in. And it was MacArthur, not Patton, who was the on-scene commander of the operation.
And, of course, you are standing up for the group stirred up by communist agitators. Shouldn't you be posting over at the Daily Worker?
Mac Arthur led the army against the Bonus Army.
Why on Earth do you people keep confusing Patton with MacArthur, when it was MacArthur who disobeyed a Presidential order and ordered the Army to disperse the Bonus Army protestors out of their squatter camps on the federal lgrounds near the Capitol Building? Why is it you also ignore how the Communist agitators were inciting a riot and an armed attack upon Congress?
“Patton led the army against the Bonus Army, a large group of unarmed people just wanting the government to pay them their bonus.”
Hoover ordered Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur to clear the veterans out with the use of the infantry and tanks. I don’t think Patton was involved unless he rode one of the tanks. He certainly did not lead the effort.
No doubt you went to public school.
I suggest everyone who thinks the Army will be on “our “ side in any unConstitutional crackdown on traditional American freedom look to history. The Army does what it is told.
Also wasn’t MacArthur in on the Bonus Army suppression?
A young Guardsman in the mid 90s told me they were being trained to use bayonets on peaceful protestors who refused to move or otherwise comply with orders!
The government is many things but not your friend.
Still Patton was a genuine Character who demanded the best of his men .Patton ,like all the between war officers of his time, played politics to stay in the Army and in line for promotion.