Caption: The Washington University Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) buildings in May 1969. The Army building is on the right, with missile and howitzer. At left is the Air Force building. Both were just southeast of Big Bend and Millbrook boulevards. In 1969 and 1970, anti-war protesters tried to get the programs abolished or moved off campus. On Feb. 23, 1970, the Army ROTC building was destroyed in a mysterious arson fire. Another fire set during a violent protest on May 5, 1970, gutted the Air Force building. That happened about 12:30 a.m. at the end of angry demonstrations in reaction to the killings the day before of four students by National Guard soldiers at Kent State University near Akron, Ohio. Six former Washington University students eventually were found guilty of charges stemming from the riot and fire here, although one defendant was acquitted in a retrial. The Washington University and St. Louis University ROTC programs later operated from a building on Forest Park Avenue in St. Louis. Today, the Army ROTC has programs on Washington University's north campus, north of Delmar Boulevard, and the Air Force ROTC programs are at St. Louis University. (Post-Dispatch)
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