Correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia, and sound and video recordings related to efforts in New
York to mobilize popular support for American servicemen and prisoners of war in Vietnam both during and after the Vietnam
We Supported Our Men in Vietnam, Inc. was established in 1967 when New York fire chief Ray Gimmler had the idea to organize
the Support Our Boys in Vietnam Parade. The goal of the parade was to counteract the growing anti-war movement and to show
American servicemen in Vietnam that they had the support of the American people. Gimmler was moved to organize the event after
being angered by the burning of the American flag that had occurred during an anti-war demonstration in April of 1967. Over
the course of a month, Gimmler, along with 20 volunteers, worked out of a room at the Commodore Hotel to plan the parade down
5th Avenue in New York City. It was held on May 13, 1967 and lasted almost nine hours with thousands of people in attendance.
5 manuscript boxes, 10 oversize boxes, 7 motion picture film reels
(15.1 linear feet)
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Collection is open for research.