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Pineapple Army 21st Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks, T.H. circa 1930's


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#1 Salvage Sailor

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:59 PM

Aloha Everyone,

These photographs are part of a large collection that belonged to a member of the 21st Infantry Regiment. He served at Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii during the 1930's. It may be possible to further pin the year down by examining the uniforms, vehicles and backgrounds in the photos.

I'll be posting some large images, and then some details of the photos to further illustrate the typical uniform & kit of a US soldier stationed in Hawaii prior to the December 7th, 1941 attacks. Contrary to the 'spit & polish' legend engendered by such Hollywood films as "From Here to Eternity", you'll see that there was a relaxed atmosphere within this regiment at Schofield Barracks. Duty in Hawaii was pleasant, with a great emphasis on athletics during a soldiers off hours.

Several of the locations will be familiar to those of us who have tromped around Kunia, Wahiawa, Schofield and the surrounding environs. For example, this first series of photos of the rifle range looks just like it does today, only the uniforms & weapons have changed. Many of the permanent barracks and buildings in the photos also still exist at Schofield Barracks. I may try to match up some of the scenes with present day photos but for now, let's see how the US Army lived in the Islands prior to the Second World War.

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:03 AM

Some details of the range

A Corporal with field glasses

Soldiers on the firing line with markers on their shirts, one in a pith helmet

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:04 AM

The entire firing line

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:06 AM

The right side of the firing line

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:08 AM

Closeup of the Range instructors

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:10 AM

Senior non-coms on the range (note the target in the rear)

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:15 AM

Closeup of the group

And the Sergeants

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:17 AM

The 21st Infantry Regiment Band on Parade

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:19 AM

Closeup of the Band

Inset of the bass drum with the Regimental Crest

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:21 AM

Drill formation

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:24 AM

Another view & a closeup of the Sergeant

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:25 AM

Inspection outside of the Barracks

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:28 AM

Detail of the ranks

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:30 AM

Inspection arms

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:31 AM

Inspection Arms - closeup

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:34 AM

This one is a bit blurred, the photographer moved when he shot it

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:40 AM

Another view of the rifle range

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:43 AM

Bivouac - Morning Colors in the field

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:45 AM

Armorers with .30 caliber browning belts

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:47 AM

Closeup

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:48 AM

Details of the tent equipage, pegs, washbasin, etc.

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:50 AM

Camp street - check out the soldier in the coverall wearing slippers (sandals to you mainlanders). There are several photos of the Soldiers wearing slippers to come.

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:53 AM

Summer uniforms, leather lace up boots, garrison hats

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:55 AM

Camp life

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:56 AM

Athletics in the field to kill time

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