March on Pentagon: 1967
The march on the Pentagon on October 21, 1967 marked the largest outpouring of antiwar sentiment with a focus on Washington, D.C. prior to the shift toward gradual withdrawal in 1968.

Demonstrators represented a broad cross section of antiwar sentiment. Poet Allen Ginsburg led a contingent that hoped to “levitate the Pentagon.” Liberal opponents of President Lyndon B. Johnson hoped to spark an opponent to the incumbent in the 1968 Democratic Primary.

Militant members of the Progressive Labor Party led several hundred marchers to storm the doors of the Pentagon, breaching the defenses briefly before being repelled.

Adherents of non-violence led a sit-in on the Pentagon plaza where they were clubbed by U.S. marshals and arrested. Young protestors expressed their sentiments toward the war by holding a “piss-in” on the Pentagon that was immortalized in a Root Boy Slim son “I Used to be a Radical.”

Over 100,000 rallied at the Lincoln Memorial and then marched across Memorial Bridge to the Pentagon.

President Lyndon B. Johnson had greatly escalated U.S. armed forces in Vietnam from 16,000 troops at the beginning of his presidency to a peak of around 540,000 in late 1967.

The Tet offensive by Vietnamese national forces months later along with rising U.S. antiwar sentiment led to Johnson’s withdrawal from the presidential election of 1968 and the gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from southeast Asia over the next six years.
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