Government report alleges troops used minimal force on Bonus Army
The troops arrived and, with the use of practically no weapons except tear gas, restored order -and cleared the area and put an end to the disturbance. 5 Casualties. Two bonus marchers were killed in the disturbance. They were shot by police in self-defense, not by troops. A full investigation by a Coroner's jury established that the police shot in necessary self-defense to save themselves from threatened fatal injury. After the troops arrived, no serious injuries to anyone followed. A few of the troops were stoned and slightly injured, and one bonus marcher had his ear cut but no other casualties were suffered after the troops came. Stories published in some quarters that the troops shot or seriously injured bonus marchers are utterly without foundation. The published reports that an infant child of a bonus marcher named Myers died as a result of tear gai are false. The records at the Galllnger Hospital show that the child died of intestinal trouble contracted and diagnosed before the riot.