(He delivers his lines as if repeating from a prepared script.)
I was one of 45 enlisted men at Blanket Hill. I did fire my
piece. As many as sixty rounds may have been fired, according
to existing statements and records. Official files show that
two females, two males died of gunshot wounds. The exact source
of the projectiles is not known at this time. I was equipped
with the M-l rifle of the type issued for combat in World War II
and the Korean action. This weapon was designed for combat duty,
not riot control. Range for this type of weaponry is 3,450 yards--
or about two miles. On May 4, 1970, I believe I heard the order
to begin firing. (He remains at attention.)
Besides the four deaths, nine other students were wounded and
hospitalized. Their wounds would heal long before the deep gashes
in the public mind would seal themselves.
Student Leader returns and notices the Guardsman
in the dock. She takes a place at his side, but on the floor.
He remains at attention, rifle at side.
The very appearance of this man on this campus was enough to
snap tempers. His own leader admitted that he had spent more time
in combat in the State of Ohio in the summer of 1968 than he had
since World War II. This man standing beside me even sent a letter....
a form letter....to the White House in support of the Vietnam war.