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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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To: AdrianSpidle

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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To: AdrianSpidle
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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To: AdrianSpidle
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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To: AdrianSpidle

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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To: dirtboy

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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To: AdrianSpidle

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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To: AdrianSpidle

Question: why wasn't the attacker arrested?


10 posted on 09/21/2004 2:53:15 PM PDT by WomanBiologist
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To: AdrianSpidle
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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To: AdrianSpidle

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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To: AdrianSpidle

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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To: LincolnLover
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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To: AdrianSpidle

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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To: LincolnLover
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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To: WomanBiologist


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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To: Mr. Mojo

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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To: dirtboy
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.

And this time, they need to be answered in kind ten times over. If I witness this, I'll be in the fray. Nobody spits on or touches a US soldier in my presence without getting their butt kicked. Period.

21 posted on 09/21/2004 2:57:36 PM PDT by meyer (Proud member of the Pajamarazzi!)
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To: 101st-Eagle

Isn't there lots of military presence in the Columbus area? How about someone pays this jerk a visit? I think someone needs an attitude adjustment.


22 posted on 09/21/2004 2:57:51 PM PDT by Defiant (The Democrat ticket has Johnarea, an STD (SocialisticallyTransmitted Disease).)
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To: AdrianSpidle

It's disturbing that there'd be an anti-war attendee at a Toby Keith concert. But I suppose there are conservative bleeding hearts too.


23 posted on 09/21/2004 2:59:50 PM PDT by Tuttle (Integrity Restored - Bush/Cheney)
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To: AdrianSpidle

Kerry and the left created just this sort of atmosphere during the Vietnam era. Kerry and the Dems are doing it again. It's just beginning, too. It's going to get worse for returning vets. This time, however, because of terrorist attacks, I do not believe the country will be as tolerant. The Swift Boat ads might start linking these current liberal attacks on veterans with Kerry and the Dems because their rhetoric is the motive force legitimizing the verbal and physical assaults. From my personal perspective, it's like Yogi Berra said, " It's deja vu all over again."


24 posted on 09/21/2004 2:59:52 PM PDT by JeeperFreeper
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To: AdrianSpidle

On TV the left "supports" the troops, but in reality these vermin despise them and what they stand for. They represent the best in America, and America is what they hate.


25 posted on 09/21/2004 2:59:53 PM PDT by Clump
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To: AdrianSpidle

Here's the Newslink, not a bloggers self promotion

http://www.nbc4i.com/news/3746350/detail.html


26 posted on 09/21/2004 3:01:00 PM PDT by UB355
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To: Mr. Mojo

No kidding! Must be circumstances we aren't aware of.


27 posted on 09/21/2004 3:01:11 PM PDT by Clump
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To: LincolnLover

- 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.-

I agree, and I'm only 5' 1" and 120! But I can certainly get other like-minds riled up about it, for assistance!


28 posted on 09/21/2004 3:01:11 PM PDT by AmericanChef
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To: AdrianSpidle
One witness, a friend of the alleged attacker, said Barton hit first.

If they have this friend of the attacker, then they'll be able to identify the attacker, right? He's probably being arrested right this minute, right?

29 posted on 09/21/2004 3:01:40 PM PDT by 68skylark
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To: AdrianSpidle

Kerry would be proud.


30 posted on 09/21/2004 3:01:45 PM PDT by DanTheAdmin
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To: DanTheAdmin

"We'll put a boot up his ass, it's the American way..."


31 posted on 09/21/2004 3:02:20 PM PDT by Keith (JOHN KERRY...IN VIOLATION OF ARTICLE III SECTION 3 OF THE US CONSTITUTION)
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To: AdrianSpidle

That happened to the soldier because of the climate of hate for soldiers that Kerry engendered by his anti-war actions after the Viet-Nam war and is continuing to do now.


32 posted on 09/21/2004 3:02:27 PM PDT by BooksForTheRight.com (what have you done today to fight terrorist/leftism (same thing!))
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To: AdrianSpidle

"I'm John Kerry, and I approved this attack."


33 posted on 09/21/2004 3:02:50 PM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: 101st-Eagle

Maybe the attacker was just in the parking lot looking for trouble, not a concert-goer.


34 posted on 09/21/2004 3:03:02 PM PDT by no dems (Saddam Hussein, himself, was a Weapon of Mass Destruction.)
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To: AdrianSpidle

Was the attacker tall, skinny and have an UGLY wife with him that smelled like Ketchup?


35 posted on 09/21/2004 3:03:50 PM PDT by IC Ken
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To: Defiant

Yep. This is one of those wish-I-had-been-there moments.


36 posted on 09/21/2004 3:04:02 PM PDT by 101st-Eagle
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To: AdrianSpidle

Am I out of line here, or is it fair to say that this attack shows a clear link between Islamic terrorists and American leftists? I'm not saying they're actively coordinating -- only that they seem to want to attack the same targets.


37 posted on 09/21/2004 3:04:11 PM PDT by 68skylark
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To: AdrianSpidle

Any comments from T. Keith??

I'd not be surprised to hear him make a blanket challenge from the stage at his next concert: "You want a piece of one of ours? Come see how you like me."

(Note: Toby is a BIG man... and very defensive of our troops.)


38 posted on 09/21/2004 3:04:24 PM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: DanTheAdmin
The leftists really do support our troops.


39 posted on 09/21/2004 3:05:18 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: AdrianSpidle

How Sad....


40 posted on 09/21/2004 3:05:25 PM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: AdrianSpidle

Let's hope this is simply a booze affair.


41 posted on 09/21/2004 3:05:59 PM PDT by snakeoil (A+Bert)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; SAMWolf; MeekOneGOP; mhking

Ping


42 posted on 09/21/2004 3:06:17 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: UB355

This is what our soldiers have to come home to..again??
Thanks alot Mr. Kerry. I pray that clown NEVER becomes our president. I pray President Bush wins by a landslide.


43 posted on 09/21/2004 3:06:32 PM PDT by Lovergirl (Proud member of the Pajama Brigade.)
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To: AdrianSpidle
"He needs our prayers, just like the insurgents, because he's a coward,"

Is this kids mom a FReeper?

44 posted on 09/21/2004 3:08:37 PM PDT by CharacterCounts
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To: AdrianSpidle

This soldier's mother has it exactly right. The attacker is a COWARD!!! I ran into a few of those puppies 35 years ago. As hard as I try not too, I still despise every stinking last one of their ilk!!


45 posted on 09/21/2004 3:09:05 PM PDT by PISANO (NEVER FORGET 911 !!!!)
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To: 68skylark
I don't know anymore. Last Sunday,the cops in Tampa booted a man, his family and friends for draping an American flag in the corner of RJ stadium at the Bucs/Seahawks game. One he had draped there for 2 years. Why now?

As a Bucs fan, I will admit we all should have left after the first quarter, but darn it, that's not the point.

46 posted on 09/21/2004 3:09:07 PM PDT by 101st-Eagle
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To: dfwgator

ahhhh! more moronic behavior from the tolerant left...


47 posted on 09/21/2004 3:09:21 PM PDT by fhlh (polls are for topless dancers)
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To: AdrianSpidle

What does Toby have to say about this??


48 posted on 09/21/2004 3:10:58 PM PDT by Fast1 (Kerry for an Islamic America.)
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To: AdrianSpidle

Did the guy happen to be old with a cane? Was he up there to use the fax machine? Did he answer to "Crazy Bill?"


49 posted on 09/21/2004 3:11:07 PM PDT by RecallMoran (The left would RATHER lie)
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To: Severa
I'll second that thought from another beach dweller.

Assbite is much too polite a term for the PETA crowd, but then (as I see on your profile page), you are a lady.

Thanks to you and your husband for your service from the USN retired folks.

50 posted on 09/21/2004 3:11:19 PM PDT by a6intruder (downtown with big bombs, 24/7, rain or shine, day or night)
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