Army National Guard waiting for protestors to advance
This Pulitzer Prize winning photo by John Filo shows Mary Ann Vecchio screaming as she kneels over the body of student Jeffrey Miller at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. National Guardsmen had fired in to a crowd of demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine.
Allison Krause, William K. Schroeder, Jeffrey G. Miller, Sandra L. Scheuer, the four slain Kent State students.
By the conclusion of the Vietnam War, more than 58,000 Americans and millions of Vietnamese and other Indo Chinese would die. The war would also indirectly take the lives of four students enrolled at a Midwestern university in Kent, Ohio.
On Friday, May 1, a day after Nixons televised address, students at Kent State University organized a demonstration to protest the invasion of Cambodia, which included burying the United States Constitution in front of the Victory Bell on the university Commons. The following Monday, May 4, an estimated crowd of 2,000-3,000 gathered on the Commons to continue their protest. Shortly after noon, members of the Ohio National Guard, which had been dispatched that weekend to control acts of civil disobedience, encountered the crowd (Kent State University. Department of Special Collections & Archives, n.d.)
Before the confrontation ended, four unarmed students would lie dead and nine would be wounded
Ohio National Guard personnel at Kent State
Ohio National Guard with rifles, bayonets fixed
Students running for cover in a Kent State parking lot
An injured or slain student being moved on a stretcher
An injured student being given first aid