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J. Ronald Snyder, Oral History
Recorded: November 1, 2007
Snyder, J. Ronald
National Guardsman on duty in Kent, Ohio, in 1970
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A captain and company commander of the National Guard discusses his experiences on the Kent State University campus during the days surrounding the shootings on the campus. His unit, Company C of the 145th Infantry, was on duty on The Commons on Monday, May 4, when the shootings took place. Snyder relates his eyewitness account of the events and discusses the orders he received that day and his unit's role in the crowd control effort. He also discusses his unit's training and previous experience with riot control in 1968, their duties in April, 1970, connected with the truckers' strike in Ohio, and the various assignments he received while on duty at Kent State.
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Canterbury, Robert H.
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University. Rockwell Hall
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