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Ruggles, Richard L.
Student at Kent State University in 1970
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Richard Ruggles was a senior majoring in education at Kent State University in 1970. In this oral history, he shares his memories from the days surrounding the shootings of May 4. He describes what he saw while walking through downtown Kent on Saturday, May 2, and seeing evidence of the unrest that had taken place the night before. He also describes an encounter with the National Guard on campus on Sunday. He relates his eyewitness account of the shootings from his vantage point near the ROTC Building. He discusses leaving campus on foot during the evacuation but after most people had already left; the town felt eerily empty.
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Evacuation of civilians--Ohio--Kent
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Ohio. Army National Guard
Roadblocks (Police methods)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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