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David E. Stukbauer May 4, 1970 Oral History

David E. Stukbauer -- Tape 2:B

Recorded May 1, 1990
Transcribed by Kathleen S. Medicus

Iím Dave Stukbauer, a senior general studies major at Kent State University with concentrations in Poli-Sci and History.  I think the biggest thing that has to be remembered when considering Kent State is that itís a culmination of blunders.  Events could have been stopped along the line a million times between Rhodes, Satrom, White, etc., and so on.  The Guard's not totally at fault, the students are not totally at fault.  Fingersóeverybody is a little to be blamedóblamed at least a little bit, at least in my opinion.

HmmÖ what was I going to say now? [Pause]

Thereís a big controversy right now over are the names on the memorial, etc. and so onóIím sure youíre well aware of that.  To me, though it is moralistically important to have the names on, Kent State should be remembered more so for the eventóthe historical significance of the event as it pertains to campus protest, antiwar movement, etc. and so on.  I use a real bad analogyóbut  itís the closest thing I can come toóitís kind of like Gettysburg, itís not that important who died, itísóbut most importance of the historical event.  Thatís not to say Iím [a] total immoral person, yes, I feel very, very sad for Sandy, William, etc. and so on.  But, it's moreóits significance lies in its being a historical event.  Thatís about it.  Thank you.

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