James "Jim" Walter Gilchrist, Jr.
(born January 13, 1949) is the American co-founder and president of the Minuteman Project
, a group whose aim is to prevent illegal immigration
across the United States
's southern border.
Jim Gilchrist spent his childhood in Kansas and Texas. He lived with his two twin older brothers and his father, who was a World War II Navy enlistee. At the age of seventeen, he left home because of years of abuse from his father and stepmother. He moved to a small apartment in Providence, Rhode Island
where he completed high school as he worked at a car wash. His employer later described him as, “…a good worker. Jim always had a smile, even when he didn’t have a lot to smile about.” After high school Gilchrist enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
Jim entered in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War
. He was stationed at a site that is one hundred miles North of Da Nang
, which was just below the Demilitarized Zone
. He spent thirteen months in Vietnam, and saw about one hundred battles. Jim mostly saw assault duty during his tour. Gilchrist was struck with a bullet on the battlefield, which later earned him the Purple Heart
. Today he keeps photos of his comrades and outposts to remind him of his experiences in the Vietnam War. His time in Vietnam has shaped the way that he views war. He says, “I’d be very, very cautious about sending any American soldiers into any war... Read More