Skip to comments.Decorated Soldier Reportedly Attacked At Concert.
Posted on 09/22/2004 2:54:55 PM PDT by Spackidagoosh
Decorated Soldier Reportedly Attacked At Concert. Barton Cannot Return To Iraq Due To Injuries
POSTED: 5:54 pm EDT September 20, 2004 UPDATED: 10:15 am EDT September 21, 2004
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.
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.
Another Kerry supporter..
Another peaceful protestor.
US Soldier attacked by Pro-Kerry, Pro-Bin Ladin Thugs....
If someone at FR knows how to get in touch with TK I am sure he would at the very least call the soldier. I was at a TK concert in Joisey of all places and he brought down the house. You probably could have heard the USA chants all the way in NYC.
sometimes Central Ohio amazes me....
that attacker is lucky Toby Keith himself didnt hop down there and kick his @$$
Kerry's supporters have taken to attacking war veterans returning home again.
Wonder if Kerry is having a flashback yet.
How about testify in front of congress that he was a war criminal?
I think these guys are going to become unhinged after Nov 2.
Cheap shot bastard.
They're getting brave...last week they were attacking 3 year old girls.
Great..."insurgent" has made it into the common lexicon. Point Reuters.
Sounds all too much like Vietnam to me.
Ohio, truly a Battleground State...
This is the character of those who support Democrats. God help this nation should by some long shot Kerry should win. That would mean our very government would be led by those who would destroy this nation.
They may come unhinged but we'll be ready. They want a war in this country we'll give it to them.
These lefty pukes are always hanging out in the parking areas handing out flyers and such touting their crap.
That's pathetic. Just a few minutes from my house, and I live in Bush Country in N. West Columbus...
I'm sending him a card.
Like the Socialists have said for a long time: If you repeat a lie often often enough ...
I remember a few experiences from back then. Made a few guys backoff without having to get nasty. But I was trying to keep a lid on it.
If I had to do it all over again, I would have taken a 38oz Louisville Slugger to them without a second thought. These pukes were around in the 60s/70s and they are still around. Time to terminate their breeding abilities.
What was on his T-Shirt? The best Marine T-Shirt I've ever seen: "Pain is weakness leaving the body."
Hmmm. An attack on an unarmed soldier from the back. Maybe it's Kerry himself going for another Silver Star.
"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."
Given this information it shouldn't be too difficult for the police to locate the attacker. Failure to divulge the assailant's name would warrant an obstruction of justice charge since there were so many witnesses to the event. I just hope the attacker is charged with a felony that is not allowed to be pled down to a misdemeanor.
To truly and honestly express my reaction to this story, I would have to break both the rules of Free Republic and the laws of our country, because I would need to use an unnecessary amount of profanity, and I would be inciting others to commit criminal violence. Lots and lots of bloody, mean, cruel and ugly violence. So, I will just hold my tongue.
Toby isnt exactly a small guy either...he would have trashed the hippie POS that was doing this...
You got that right.
And Mike in Iraq, thank you.
what is amazing is that this guy got out of that concert alive.
This isnt like most Northern states Ohio. Ohio has a pretty good redneck contingent that will kick your in the butt if you get out of line.
Ohio State fans are the same way sometimes....
you are welcome..
I work with some 1st CAV guys....
so not only is it in Columbus, where I live when not TDY, it is on a guy I may or may not have worked with before. Hits home a bit....
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
"Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science - the science against which it had vainly struggled - the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."
-- Winston Churchill
Another Painters Union thug.
Like the dude who was caught on camera pulling that womans hair at a Kerry rally and the guy who ripped the 3 year old's sign in WV. Thugs, all. And they want Kerry for your next CinC..
You make a good point - could this be happening again -?
Are all the tricks used back then being used again? One has to wonder - and if it might be true - is this being investigated as a possible report by anyone? Would there be any way to find out how many times this has happened?
My thoughts go out to him and his family -
Those who refuse to support and defend a state have no claim to protection by that state. Killing an anarchist or a pacifist should not be defined as "murder" in a legalistic sense. The offense against the state, if any, should be "Using a deadly weapon inside city limits," or "Creating a traffic hazard," or "Endangering bystanders," or other misdemeanor.
The heart and soul of the left revealed.
Send them to ground zero and then off to Iraq. I bet then they could sing "Angry American" with some new found passion.
Yes...and often alongside multi-flowered, kandy-striped, orange & tangerine VW buses with Baby Moon hubs and genuine styrofoam dice dangling from the rearview mirror...
670 grains of Dipolmacy
with a FR Marine behind the -109
Very kool T shirt
but people like this are absolutely ball less....they would wet themselves on the way into baghdad and the combat landing
I am a Vietnam Veteran who has been treated like @#$% ever since I served. A life-long Democrat, I recently decided to support President George W. Bush for reelection. I am tired to the hostility toward veterans and the military by two-faced leftists. In the 70's they didn't even bother to pretend to support the troops--they just spit in our faces and called us baby killers. Now, they pretend to "support the troops but not what they do" while treating us even worse just in a more sneaky way. Kerry is nothing but a traitor to the US and I am going to see him defeated in Ohio if I have to personally knock on every door in this state.
Actually I think the old dude that pulled the protestor red hair was a conservative at a conservative rally.
But you have it right about the union fellow that ripped the little 3 y/o girls sign.
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I stand corrected..
Thank you for the welcome. I am glad to have come over from the dark side. I will not be voting Democrat any more.