GEORGE PATTON: Patton played a pivotal role in the eviction of the Bonus Marchers

Patton received orders from Douglas MacArthur, U.S. Army Chief of Staff, on July 28, 1932, to disperse the World War I veterans who were seeking cash payments for their veterans’ bonus certificates. The veterans had occupied Washington, D.C., for two months. Patton led 600 cavalry troops on horseback through the streets of the national capital. They fired tear gas into the “Bonus Marchers,” trampled civilian observers and beat protestors with the flats of their swords.

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