Government report claims many involved in Bonus March were not veterans
! in- corntnu-: police-rationed Thon-,tr''" A) Number of Marchers Who Were Not Ex-Service Ex-Service Ex-Service Men. A considerable considerable number of the marchers were not in military service during during the World War. An approximation approximation of the number is impossible, impossible, but two items of reliable Information Information throw some light on this question. Prior to the riot of July 28. 341 members of the bonus army had been arrested at various dates for a variety of offenses, including disorderly disorderly conduct, parading without a nermit, assault with a dangerous weapon, destruction of private sronerty. trespass on private prop- prop- owv nnd solicltinz alms. Seven teen were arrested by the police on .Iiilv 28. and four on July 29. mak ing a total of 362. Unfortunately the nolice did not fingerprint all of these persons for identification but 51 of them, including those arrested for disturbing the peace. near the White House, were finger -it,w- -it,w- -it,w- Of these. 16. or approxi ot.iv r.ne-third. r.ne-third. r.ne-third. had no World War service record. Check by Veterans' Bureau. Prior to June 12. 3656 of the marchers who were arriving at Washington registered on the muster muster rolls of the bonus army, givlnrf .i j- j- nrmv numbers, and other data respecting their World War service. These muster roll came into the hands of the police and ultimately to the Veterans' Bureau, Bureau, which , commenced to checc the names to ascertain wneiner -nc -nc marchers were ex-service ex-service ex-service n.... Learning what use was being made of the muster rolls, after June 1-the 1-the 1-the marchers discontinued the practice of registering. These first 3656 registered arrivals had been checked by the War Department and the Veterans' Bureau against their records of World War service men. with the result that of the total of 3656. 877. or a little more than one-fourth, one-fourth, one-fourth, could not be Identified in either department as having had World War service, tt is possible that some of the 877 were ex-service ex-service ex-service men and could not be identified because of meager information, but the bnl or tnem were evidently imposters. It h" been reported in the press that Director Hinea of the Veterans' Bureau has said that over 90 -r -r cent of the bonus army were ex-service ex-service ex-service men. Gen. Hines made no such statement. He did make the statment on July 23 that he believed believed not more than 8000 veterans had ever been present at any one time, but the 877 men not Identified Identified as veterans were part of the 3656 registered to whom I have referred. referred. '