This Week in History: 'Show Me the Money!' WWI Vets Demand Pay from Washington

July 19th, 2019

On July 28, 1932, 12,000-15,000 WWI vets flood into Washington to demand bonuses promised to them by the government in 1924. Known as the "Bonus Army," the troops, stressed by the economic hardships of the Great Depression, lead huge protests and camped out throughout the city after the U.S. government delayed the payments to be paid out in 1945. Unable to pay due to the struggling economy, President Herbert Hoover called upon General Douglas MacArthur to send in the Army to maintain order and quell the protests, which MacArthur did quickly and without incident.