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Decorated Soldier Reportedly Attacked At Concert
NBC ^ | 9/21/04 | Abu al Dimikrati

Posted on 09/21/2004 2:49:30 PM PDT by AdrianSpidle

Barton Cannot Return To Iraq Due To Injuries

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A local soldier back from the war in Iraq said he was beaten at an area concert because of what was printed on his T-shirt, NBC 4's Nancy Burton reported.

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Soldier Reportedly Attacked

Foster Barton, 19, of Grove City, received a Purple Heart for his military service in Iraq. He almost lost his leg last month after a Humvee he was riding in ran over a landmine.

Barton said he was injured again Friday night in a crowded parking lot as he was leaving the Toby Keith concert at Germain Amphitheatre. The solider was injured so badly that he can't go back to Iraq as scheduled.

"I don't remember getting hit at all, really," said Barton, a member of the 1st Calvary Division. "He hit me in the back of the head. I fell and hit the ground. I was knocked unconscious and he continued to punch and kick me on the ground."

Barton and his family said he was beat up because he was wearing an Iraqi freedom T-shirt.

"It's not our fault," Barton said. "I'm just doing a job."

According to a Columbus police report, six witnesses who didn't know Barton said the person who beat him up was screaming profanities and making crude remarks about U.S. soldiers, Burton reported.

One witness, a friend of the alleged attacker, said Barton hit first. Police said they do not think that witness is credible since the six other witnesses said Barton was hit from behind.

Barton's mother said she has a message for her son's alleged attacker, who police said ran into the crowd after the incident and was not arrested.

"He needs our prayers, just like the insurgents, because he's a coward," Cindy Barton said.

After a two-week leave, Barton was supposed to return to Iraq Tuesday. But his broken nose will delay his return.

Barton is waiting for doctors to tell him when he can return to active duty. He said wants to go back as soon as possible because his unit was just attacked. Eleven soldiers were wounded and two were killed, he said. Copyright 2004 by nbc4i.com.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: assault; fosterbarton; oifveterans; soldier; tobykeith
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1 posted on 09/21/2004 2:49:30 PM PDT by AdrianSpidle
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To: AdrianSpidle

"We are for non-violence, and we'll beat anyone up who disagrees with us."


2 posted on 09/21/2004 2:51:03 PM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: AdrianSpidle

I saw, I'm incensed.


3 posted on 09/21/2004 2:51:28 PM PDT by UB355
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Is the Evil Dum in jail yet. Or is it ok to attack our troops at home again.


4 posted on 09/21/2004 2:51:35 PM PDT by marty60
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According to a Columbus police report, six witnesses who didn't know Barton said the person who beat him up was screaming profanities and making crude remarks about U.S. soldiers, Burton reported.

Some say rehashing Vietnam has no place in this campaign. But, as this incident shows, liberal Vietnam attitudes never really went away, and now they're back in spades.

5 posted on 09/21/2004 2:51:37 PM PDT by dirtboy (Kerry could have left 'Nam within a week if Purple Hearts were awarded for shots to the foot.)
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It's always easy to say this in hindsight, but why do these sort of things always happen in a very, very public place (in this case, filled with freaking Toby Keith fans!!), yet nobody lifts a finger to assist someone who is obviously a soldier getting cheap-shots from some pu**y Lib?

Again, so easy for me to say, but I'da been right in there swinging away, and I don't care if the guy was 6'8" 350.

6 posted on 09/21/2004 2:52:08 PM PDT by LincolnLover (Too Lazy to Do A Search Before Posting? Check This Out--http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/117)
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Dammit; wish I'd have been there... the scumbag perp would be dirtnapping now.


7 posted on 09/21/2004 2:52:16 PM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm ( Veni Vidi Vino Visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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If the thug was at a Tobey Keith concert,, just think what would happen at a Dave Matthews concert. The left is anti-american!


8 posted on 09/21/2004 2:53:07 PM PDT by JFC (Hate, no, that is what makes us different than them.)
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Probably a cousin of the union painter thug who terrorized the little girl the other day.


9 posted on 09/21/2004 2:53:07 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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Question: why wasn't the attacker arrested?


10 posted on 09/21/2004 2:53:15 PM PDT by WomanBiologist
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One witness, a friend of the alleged attacker, said Barton hit first. Police said they do not think that witness is credible since the six other witnesses said Barton was hit from behind.

Little help over here? Hello? Just got hit from behind. Getting beat up over here. Little help?

OK then, just tell the police what happened when he’s done. Thanks.

11 posted on 09/21/2004 2:54:29 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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OMG! This is what Kerry & his ilk would impose upon our troops returning home. I would love to shake this soldiers hand. I won't say what I would like to do the attacker.


12 posted on 09/21/2004 2:55:03 PM PDT by AZamericonnie (41more days.....to the end of the madness! (I hope))
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At a Toby Keith concert? Why didn't this soldier get any help?


13 posted on 09/21/2004 2:55:03 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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re: It's always easy to say this in hindsight, but why do these sort of things always happen in a very, very public place (in this case, filled with freaking Toby Keith fans!!))))

I always wonder why there isn't a camera...

14 posted on 09/21/2004 2:55:10 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Pajamamama)
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Just a little curious at how this would happen at a T. Keith concert of all places. Pacificist redneck at an outspoken hawk's concert beating up a soldier. Go figure.


15 posted on 09/21/2004 2:55:28 PM PDT by 101st-Eagle
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Man I'd love for them to try that crap here. But I know it's not gonna happen. Why?

Cause I live in VA Beach/Hampton Roads VA, military capital of the US. Where I've actually seen guys in dress whites at wrestling events (no joke) I don't actually see much in the way of anti-war stuff here. Mostly it's those damned PETA assbites up the street from NAS Norfolk...*makes a face*

16 posted on 09/21/2004 2:56:29 PM PDT by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: WomanBiologist

The coward ran into the crowd and they couldn't find him.


17 posted on 09/21/2004 2:56:50 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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Barton's mother said she has a message for her son's alleged attacker, who police said ran into the crowd after the incident and was not arrested

We have several emails into the reporter of the story trying to find out more details and how we can help this soldier and his family.

Spitting on American Soldier is back in vogue thanks to frigging kerry


18 posted on 09/21/2004 2:56:50 PM PDT by boxerblues (www.ohbluestarmothers.org)
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T.K will get with this soldier, no doubt.


19 posted on 09/21/2004 2:57:02 PM PDT by JFC (Hate, no, that is what makes us different than them.)
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To: dead

seems to me this friend of the alleged attacker (PC) can give the cops a name.


20 posted on 09/21/2004 2:57:11 PM PDT by rightazrain ("John, go to your room!," the Portuguese Martha Mitchell screeched.)
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