Guild Theater in San Diego

Secret Army Organization (SAO)

10 years ago

The Secret Army Organization (SAO), a right-wing militant group based in San Diego, was active from 1969 to 1972. They targeted individuals and groups who spoke out against the Vietnam War, especially those who organized public demonstrations and distributed anti-war literature. SAO's two leaders, Howard B. Godfrey and Jerry Lynn Davis, were former members of the Minutemen, a 1960s militant group. SAO was most active in San Diego, with over thirty members and four cells, but the actual organization reportedly reached as far as the mid-west. No information is available regarding the total size of the group.

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