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Kent State Rifle
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Kent State Rifle

Catalog #: 1987.0381.10    Accession #: 1987.0381
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 6" H x 43.5" W x 3.5" D

Physical Description

United States M-1 rifle.

Specific History

This is one of the rifles used by the National Guardsmen at Kent State, Ohio on 4 May 1970.

General History

Kent State University came into the international spotlight on 4 May 1970. During a protest by students against the Vietnam War, a contingent of 28 Ohio National Guardsmen fired for 13 seconds. The rifle fire left four students dead, one permanently paralyzed, and eight others wounded. Many of the students were walking to and from class. Not every student was involved in the demonstration. The closest student wounded was 30 yards away from the Guard, while the farthest was almost 250 yards away.


Keywords

Country: United States
State: Ohio
War: Vietnam conflict
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