Bonus Army

Here are members of the so-called Bonus Army during the uprising and government intervention of July 29, 1932. Also known as the Bonus Expeditionary Force, it was made up of some 15,000 veterans and their families. In the summer of 1932, they staged a protest in Washington, DC in hopes of obtaining payment of a World War I bonus. Though almost all of the marchers were legitimate veterans, General Douglas MacArthur was convinced that at least 90% of them were fakes. And he refused to even read the President's direct orders that he not use force.

July 29, 1932
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