Return to Fort Dix

Title

Return to Fort Dix

Subject

Anti-Vietnam War Movement

Description

On Armed Forces Day in 1970, anti-war protesters demonstrated outside dozens of U.S. military bases. An estimated 3,000 gathered outside Fort Dix in New Jersey and had a brief confrontation with military policemen using fixed bayonets. Anti-war activists, including Yippie leader Jerry Rubin, played bongos, shouted slogans like, “Big firms get rich — G.I.'s die,” and skewered pamphlets on the ends of military bayonets. State troopers called in to aid with crowd control used pepper spray to disperse the protesters and clubbed a half dozen demonstrators who had tried to outflank military police to access the base. As a result of the confrontation, military leaders cancelled the Armed Forces Day celebration.

Creator

Fort Dix Collective

Source

Roz Payne

Publisher

Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date

1970

Format

Button

Type

Physical Object

Coverage

1970

Collection

Citation

Fort Dix Collective, “Return to Fort Dix,” Roz Payne Sixties Archive, accessed July 18, 2024, https://rozsixties.unl.edu/items/show/187.

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