I was no general, field grade officer, or even an officer in 1970. Just a three-strip Sergeant in my 3rd year stationed at Lejeune drinking the water and bathing in it.
Someone had a brilliant idea we should be trained in riot control since Camp Lejeune was not far from Washington D.C. Some elements out of Fort Bragg would join us. As we were Federal soldiers, our facing civilians is frowned upon.
In any case, we were trained, never called out, and we spent some weekends on base due to something happening.
I put this post up because the House Sergeant at Arms has a point.
If these rioters were Black Americans, Federal soldiers would have been called out and some people would have been shot. Race was a factor in determining what actionsRead More »