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).


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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


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.


Very bad idea for the good guys and a wonderful opportunity for the bad guys just like was stated above 🙁


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.


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

Dale Cordell

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… Read more »


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”


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… Read more »


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Harry Riley

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.


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.

Kevin McClellan
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….