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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Bonus Army Busted

Amidst as this talk of Federal forces attacking protesters, here is a similar incident that I never heard of in any American History class I ever sat through.

On this this day in history in 1932, United States military forces attacked WW1 Army veterans who were in Washington, DC protesting for their promised Bonus funds. The military forces were led by our "Scotland Beach Generals" MacArthur, Patton and Eisenhower.  (For those of you who don't get that Scotland Beach reference, check out the road names:)
Here is the backstory as to why the vets were in DC protesting on 28 July 1932.   Congress had a
pproved bonus funds for them in 1924 as a reward for their service in the war.  However, for some crazy reason (money what else?) disbursement of those funds was not scheduled for payment to the vets until 1948.  This led to thousands of them coming to D.C. and setting up an encampment to demand their money.   For the complete story on this (click here) or just watch this video.  
P.S. Note that President Hoover, who ordered that the veterans be evicted from their camp, was badly defeated a couple months later of that year in his bid for re-election.  Historical context mind you.

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