Scope and Content of Collection
Title: We Supported Our Men in Vietnam records
Date (inclusive): 1965-1995
Collection Number: 93057
Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material:
5 manuscript boxes, 10 oversize boxes, 7 motion picture film reels
(15.1 linear feet)
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
Hoover Institution Archives
We Supported Our Men in Vietnam, Inc.
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[Identification of item], We Supported Our Men in Vietnam records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1993 with increments in 1995.
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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.
After the parade, the group, known simply as the Support Our Boys (and/or Men) in Vietnam Parade Committee, continued to advocate
that the troops abroad had the full support of the majority of Americans in the United States. Gimmler continued to act as
chairman and spokesman of the group with John M. Connolly, Jr. and Frank J. D’Amico acting as co-directors. The organization
also began focusing on other issues related to the war, such as the treatment of American prisoners of war (POWs) and soldiers
who were missing in action (MIA). They created the Council for Civilized Treatment of P.O.W.s and became active members of
many other patriotic committees, such as the National Committee for Responsible Patriotism and the National Committee for
the Protection of Patriotic Americans.
In 1973 the group helped to organize the Home with Honor Parade in New York City. It was held on March 31, the day after the
U.S. officially announced it would withdraw from Vietnam. Although smaller than the Support Our Boys in Vietnam Parade, the
Home with Honor Parade also drew thousands attendees who marched from Times Square to Central Park behind 1,000 troops that
had recently returned home from the war.
In 1985 the organization officially changed its name to We Supported Our Men in Vietnam, Inc. and shifted their focus to the
creation and distribution of the documentary
At Home with Honor. The documentary contains footage of the different parades and events that were held for Vietnam servicemen both during
and after the war. (For a full list of the events covered in the documentary, see note in the U-matic videocassettes subseries
of Audiovisual Material.)
During We Supported Our Men...Inc.'s final years, the group distributed around 2,000 copies of
At Home with Honor to American Legion posts, U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)
colleges. They also donated copies of the film to the National Archives and the Library of Congress and arranged for showings
of the film at local community, veteran, and political organizations. On October 24, 1989, We Supported Our Men…Inc. received
a George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for excellence in programs and activities for
their work on
At Home with Honor. The organization concluded its activities in 1995.
Scope and Content of Collection
The records of We Supported Our Men in Vietnam, Inc. contain correspondence, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia,
as well as sound and video recordings that document the organization’s efforts to mobilize support for Americans who served
in the Vietnam War. The materials in the collection span the active dates of the organization, from 1965 to 1995, with the
majority of the materials being from the late 1960s and late 1980s.
Much of the material pertains to the Support Our Boys in Vietnam and Home with Honor parades as well as the group’s documentary
At Home with Honor created in 1985. In addition, the collection contains materials related to the Council for the Civilized Treatment of P.O.W.s
Committee, a subdivision of the organization led by John M. Connolly, Jr., as well as other patriotic organizations affiliated
with Chairman Ray Gimmler.
Correspondence series contains materials originally organized and housed in binders by the organization. It includes several letters of
support and thanks from national and local New York government officials, members of the public, as well as servicemen and
their families, for the work conducted by the organization. It also contains letters to television studios, political figures,
and various organizations advocating that the majority of Americans supported the troops during the Vietnam War. Press releases
and clippings regarding the group’s activities and Vietnam veteran issues are intermixed throughout these files. More of this
type of material, as well as photographs of events, can be found in scrapbooks in the
Oversized Material series.
Audiovisual Material series contains footage of the Support Our Boys in Vietnam Parade held in New York City on May 13, 1967 as well as recordings
of Ray Gimmler’s radio and television appearances speaking on behalf of the organization. It also contains copies of
At Home with Honor. Completed questionnaires from recipients of the documentary can be found in the
Projects and Events series.
Posters, signs, and buttons from the various events the group participated in can be found in the
Oversized Material series. This includes material used in the Support Our Boys in Vietnam Parade, a “Free the Pueblo” demonstration, and events
regarding Vietnam POW/MIA issues.
The collection is arranged into six series: Correspondence, Projects and Events Files, Chairman's File, Memorabilia, Audiovisual
Material, and Oversized Material. Within each series the materials were generally kept in the original arrangement and order
of the creator. Quotation marks denote original file names.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Prisoners of war.
United States--Armed Forces.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Missing in action.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Public opinion.