Will the U.S. military put down a Veterans’ March on D.C. in 2014 as in 1932?

Have you heard of Operation American Spring?

That’s the name of a planned march on Washington, D.C., on May 16.

Retired U.S. Army colonel Harry Riley is calling upon millions of patriots to march upon Washington D.C. to remove Pres. Obama, VP Biden, AG Eric Holder, Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, and Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi from office.

Riley calls it “OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING – Beginning Of Tyranny Housecleaning” and conceives of three main phases to the plan:

  1. Field as many as ten million unarmed patriots to peacefully assemble in Washington, D.C.
  2. At least one million of the assembled 10 million to stay in D.C. as long as it takes to see the removal from office of Obama, et al.
  3. Principled politicians like former Congressman Allen West and former Sen. Jim DeMint; Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul; Reps. Trey Gowdy and Pete Sessions; Gov. Scott Walker; and Dr. Ben Carson to comprise a tribunal to convene investigations and recommend appropriate charges against politicians and government employees who have violated the Constitution.

But my friend John J. Molloy, Vietnam War veteran and chairman of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition, invokes the tragedy of the Bonus Army and urges caution.

Bonus Army

In 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, ten thousand unemployed U.S. military veterans of World War I converged on Washington, D.C., to demand the cash bonus promised to them by the “bonus certificates” they’d been issued after the war.

From late May to mid-June, 10,000 veterans occupied America’s capital, camping in tents and wooden shacks, with tens of thousands more on their way. But the U.S. Senate rejected the Bonus Army’s demands.

On July 16, 1932, near midnight, President Herbert Hoover ordered the military to evacuate the veterans from downtown Washington, D.C.

General Douglas MacArthur was put in command; his major aide was future general and U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower. More than 200 calvarymen, among whom was the future general George Patton, 400 infantrymen, and tanks advanced into the Bonus Army camp. Soldiers armed with bayonets and wearing gas masks, without warning, hurled tear gas at the vets.

Bonus Army tanks

The vets were driven from their tents. The soldiers burned the tents, wooden shacks, and their contents. The vets were driven across the bridge. General MacArthur ignored an order not to pursue them. Hoover, for his part, retired to bed.

The veterans could not believe that the U.S. military would turn against fellow soldiers and that their countrymen would not support them.

Here’s a video on the Bonus Army. (Read more about them on Wikipedia.)

Here’s an email from John Molloy urging a revision of the planned Operation American Spring:

The protest  scheduled for May 16th about a week before ROLLING THUNDER, hopes to have 10 million veterans gathered in protest and desires that 1 million remain in DC until their objectives are attained.   I have concerns that this administration would love to get us all in one place and haul us away for good or worse. We cannot allow ourselves to be hamstrung at the outset Not putting all our eggs in one basket is a good idea).

I think that it would be better to conduct protests at the local offices of representatives and senators on that day while the leadership conducts a press conference in DC to note the solidarity of the effort.  Given the state of economy and the government’s demeanor, I suspect that it might be better to do this countrywide rather than in one place.

We cannot trust the CinC not to do worse [than what Pres. Hoover did to the Bonus Army of 1932].  Please give the plan very careful consideration. If we are perceived as a threat and you may be certain that there would be government operatives in the crowd who would incite an adverse response for the sake of publicity to justify their actions. Having engaged in numerous protests on behalf of our POWs, the people in authority get very touchy and members of law enforcement sometimes get belligerent (just doing their job).

~Eowyn

27 responses to “Will the U.S. military put down a Veterans’ March on D.C. in 2014 as in 1932?

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  2. Are you kidding me? Of course they would do the same thing if not worse. Our guys are being handed their ass on a platter by the civilian government. The pentagon and Dod are largely runby civilians and they do not give a crap about the military, and the guy calling the shots is the DIC

  3. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this significant post. I agree with your friend, John J. Molloy, Veteran, whose suggestions are wise and practical. Getting too many individuals in one place as set forth above, only invites trouble.

  4. Very bad idea for the good guys and a wonderful opportunity for the bad guys just like was stated above :(

  5. I would not believe our Military would repeat 1932 out of fear of creating a natioal nightmare. But America needs to act rather than talk to get anthing accomplished.

  6. Democrats would sure hope (and enjoy) if it happened again…

  7. I’d strongly suggest using very much caution, no matter what or how veterans or anyone else protests. Obumma is just looking for an excuse to declare martial law, enabling him to retain the office of President until HE DECIDES he is ready to return to normal law. It’s in the Patriot Act folks. Write your congressmen and tell them how proud you are of them, especially all of you who vote to keep “same ol’ same ol’” in office.

    Until we can elect true patriots into the offices of each state, or a supermajority thereof, martial law is a very potent option. We need to get patriots in office, to repeal the Patriot Act.

    There’s plenty of proof that this administration in conjunction with the NSA have stockpiled Martial Law signs all over the country, on military bases. There’s ample proof that the NSA is stockpiling ammunition, MRAPs and (more than likely) bringing in foreign (Russian) troops for Obumma’s so-called “civilian” army, that is as strong as our current military.

    It would be best if we could outlast O’s time in office, but he and the NSA are doing everything in their power to CAUSE a revolt, so that Martial Law can be enacted, before his presidency expires.

    Right now, prayer is our strongest option. But, it doesn’t hurt to keep your powder dry and weapons oiled and ready for anything.

  8. I don’t think peaceful will do a bit of good. How well have they listened over the last 5yrs? How much appeasing do you get from your congressman? How many Constitutional violations have they committed? How many do they continue to violate? The entire bunch need to be removed and replaced with “Constitutional Representatives”

  9. It may well come out the same way as 1932. That is a concern. However, the issues today are about the survival of the nation. The stakes are higher. We are approaching critical mass.

    I believe John Molloy is bringing a correct warning. This regime fears and desires just such an event, in order to justify the imposition of martial law. Knowing what’s at stake, we must be wise in our choice of actions. Never let the adversary set the terms of the conflict.

    And above all, seek the favor of Almighty God. Remember Psalms 91, 46, and the warrior psalm, #27:

    The Lord is my light and my salvation—
        whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
        of whom shall I be afraid?
    When the wicked advance against me
        to devour me,
    it is my enemies and my foes
        who will stumble and fall.
    Though an army besiege me,
        my heart will not fear;
    though war break out against me,
        even then I will be confident.
    One thing I ask from the Lord,
        this only do I seek:
    that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
        all the days of my life,
    to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
        and to seek him in his temple.
    For in the day of trouble
        he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
    he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
        and set me high upon a rock.
    Then my head will be exalted
        above the enemies who surround me;
    at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
        I will sing and make music to the Lord.
    Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
        be merciful to me and answer me.
    My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
        Your face, Lord, I will seek.
    Do not hide your face from me,
        do not turn your servant away in anger;
        you have been my helper.
    Do not reject me or forsake me,
        God my Savior.
    Though my father and mother forsake me,
        the Lord will receive me.
    Teach me your way, Lord;
        lead me in a straight path
        because of my oppressors.
    Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
        for false witnesses rise up against me,
        spouting malicious accusations.
    I remain confident of this:
        I will see the goodness of the Lord
        in the land of the living.
    Wait for the Lord;
        be strong and take heart
        and wait for the Lord.
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  12. You can count on Operation American Spring being a threat…it is a threat to the criminal, betraying cabal in Washington, D.C. The leadership.Many voice caution, say it won’t work but are willing to allow the attack on our constitution to continue until there is no hope, without doing anything innovative…what is the solution? Doing the same old marches, demonstrations,petitions,rally’s….worn out efforts that get us nothing…we’re going to stop the destruction of the United States. Needless to say I disagree with my friend John vehemently.

    • Thank you, Colonel Riley, for weighing in on this discussion.

    • Harry, I know you are ready to do things to fix the country. I respect that. And most people are fed up with marches and demonstrations and other wastes of time.

      But, it would be wise to listen to advice, even if you decide later to not follow it. Most people who like this blog want a better regime than the one we’re looking at. The question is one of how to accomplish that result. And I do not presume to speak for anybody but myself.

      Can you actually persuade 10 million veterans to show up? If you can, then you may be able to get something good done. If not, then the result may be like 1932, or the Alamo. And if so, may yet create a rallying cry that actually does change the course of history in the right direction.

      And also, if you succeed, there is the question of unintended consequences. In desperate times, people may look for any strong man to save the nation. This is how dictators come to power. This is how horrors like the French revolution begin.

      Respectfully,

      TD

    • I think Col. Riley’s adversaries are not realizing what a devastating spectacle 2,000,000 people are going to make.

      Are you dissenters really thinking,,, No Nation can confront 2,000,000 souls with determined minds. I’ll guarantee many of us will either be armed or have some arms across the river in VA… I will !!!!

      I was in DC on Sept. 12, 2002 and I know there were at least 700,000 to 800,000 people at that 912 Meeting. It was huge. I don’t think the S.W.A.T. teams for all the local big cities and the combined forces of the Nat’l Guard form Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia could stand against a number as large as 2,000,000 much less 10,000,000… Or that they WOULD. I don’t care what the Narcissist in Chief ordered…

    • Col. Riley, I’m a little late to the dance, but I have to disagree. Why in the world would we do this NOW? In my not so brilliant opinion the timing of this event stinks.. What the hell are you guys thinking? Correct me if I’m wrong but when you guys plan an OP don’t you consider the timing of a mission?
      Right now this Admin is imploding under obamacare. Have you seen his numbers. Yes there have been 87 other scandals and none have stuck, but this one will bring him down.
      And it’s just the beginning. Wait until the employer mandate kicks in. You will have 100 Million more people losing their health insurance. Then the party begins.
      You have elections in November 2014. Let’s see if we get the Senate back.
      I can understand the frustration, and heck the thought crossed my mind more than once, but things are finally going our way.
      Do you not see the momentum has changed? If this were to proceed it would doom us. It plays right into the Martial Law scenario. It will also turn a good deal of the Country against us , as the Media will destroy us a terrorists that attacked the Gov.
      No No No.
      Hey if they rob the elections in Nov.14 well then maybe it’s something to think about. As I said timing. What’s the rush.?
      I would say this idea came directly from the Oval Office that’s how friggen stupid it is. This is a desperation act. Did I miss something?
      I could go on but I’ll stop here
      On a bright note I just checked the link back to Op American Spring, and
      Thank God there aren’t many comments so hopefully this goes no where.
      For Now…….
      Steve

  13. If Harry thinks he can organize unarmed veterans against a communist enemy in control of Washington, D.C. then he knows absolutely nothing about his enemy. To be honest he is dumber than a rock.

  14. Kevin McClellan

    I would like to address the eggs and basket analogy by correcting one small (huge) word in this quote:
    “The protest scheduled for May 16th about a week before ROLLING THUNDER, hopes to have 10 million veterans gathered in protest and desires that 1 million remain in DC until their objectives are attained.”
    It’s 10 million “patriots” not “veterans”, big difference. The vast majority of people that feel that our system is infected are just people. There happens to be a large number of vets that feel the same way, but we need both.
    10,000,000 seems like a lot….

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