On May 4, 1970, just days after the announcement the Pentagon intended to send U.S. troops into Cambodia and Laos, constituting a de facto expansion of the war on Vietnam contrary to then president Richard Nixon’s campaign promises, a unit of under-trained scared young Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of unarmed anti-war student protesters at Kent State University and changed the course of Vietnam antiwar movement history.

Sixty seven gunshots and thirteen seconds later there were four dead unarmed students, blood on the hands of the Ohio National Guard, and college students across America began ripping their institutions of “higher education” a new asshole.

The “Days of Rage” promised by the Weatherman faction of SDS at Chicago a year earlier became multiple years of major disturbances on campuses large and small throughout the United States.

The rallying cry was…

Bring the war HOME!

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Kent State shootings (May 4, 1970)

Allison B. Krause, William K. Schroeder, Jeffery Glenn Miller, Sandra Lee Scheuer

The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Ohio” (1970)


Kent State University