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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-03-06 06:31 PM
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41. Yeah. Soldiers were angry The military isn't a monolithic entity.
I was a draftee and not there by choice but I did my job as best I could. I trained for this event every day for months. I still have recurring degenerative joint disease from the repetitive exercises and the stress it put on my arms and shoulders (and because that's the worst I have I count myself one lucky son-of-a-bitch).

The NG at Kent State were out of their league. They were acting above their pay grade. They didn't train like we did.

Our training consisted of half the company being "protesters" and the other half being "defenders".

Then we traded sides. Things alway escalated. Every evolution got more and more aggressive. There were genuine conflicts between the "sides" even if we were all members of the military. The leaders busted chops on the defender side and encouraged the protester side.

They knew that whatever we did was less than what we would face in the streets of DC.

We were ready and the NG shot people.

Hell yes we were pissed off.
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