Continuing with the saga of Rice, this location addresses the antics of one of America’s most famous Generals: George Patton. General Patton was responsible for turning the entire SW corner of the US into a practice area for the military during WW2. He was born rich as his father made a fortune in real estate. Not satisfied with that, he married a woman attached to a textile fortune, and together they bought his way up the ranks to General by wining, dining, and sailing his superiors up the D.C. waters. He made a name for himself, while a Major in 1932, by commanding tanks against thousands of unarmed WW1 vets who were demanding their bonuses from the government for their military service. The commander in charge: General MacArthur, twice ignored his president’s wish to hold the troops on the other side of the river. They dispersed the vets who were living in makeshift quarters with tear gas, bayonet fixed rifles, and 6 tanks. After burning their encampment to the ground, victory was declared and our infamous Major was to meet with a Medal of Honor vet who had saved Patton’s life, in France in WW1. Patton blew him off. Carrying this elitist attitude throughout his life, a commanding officer in charge of the military grounds around Rice was approached by a scientist looking for a place to test his new weapon: a plutonium bomb. Not wanting to confront Patton again on a previous decision gone sour, the C.O. denied the scientist his request. The city of Kokura, Japan has a connection to Rice. This city was the original site for the 2nd weapon to be dropped on, but due to cloud cover and an arrogant General, Rice and Kokura are not polluted with radionuclides. Perhaps the shoe fence in Rice is an indirect memorial to the poor souls who were vaporized in the Nagasaki blast. Encouraged by the ghosts of that city, Rice infused anti-nuclear thoughts into the offspring of the offending nation, that dropped that horrific weapon to end that insane war. 

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