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Marines Parading Down Pennsylvania Ave. Wash. DC,1919?


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#1 otter42

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 08:28 PM

Picked up 3 nice WWI Marine photos, 1st one is smaller size, about 6 1/2 x 4 1/2. It really thru me as to where this shot was taken due to the writting on the back. But finally found the hotel in some other pics online. Can anyone make out the flag next to the US one they are carrying?

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 08:31 PM

I'm guessing the address on the back is the photographers. Not sure about Main & Laundry.

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 07:22 AM

That appears to be images of the 3rd Composite Battalion, of which Company E was made up of Marines. Marines assigned to this unit wore just the star Indianhead patch on the shoulder without the colored shape (square, diamond, etc) behind it. Their helmets were very distinctively painted with a large white star and colorful Indianhead. From what I can see when I enlarge on the my screen (although it is a bit grainy) this is what these men look to be wearing. Start looking for a flag that might have been associated with the Composite Battalion after the armistice and you might have an answer to your question. Great image!! The USMC 4th Brigade did a large parade in Washington DC on August 12th, 1919. This might be part of that. Kevin



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Posted 28 December 2018 - 08:55 AM

I believe you are correct, that this is fall of 1919. Very likely part of the procession that made up Pershings WWI Victory Parade. The week before DC, they marched down 5th Avenue in NYC. Here is a pic from that (source: https://www.wearethe...ilitary-parades)

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 10:37 AM

Thanks for your comments and observations. Glad you liked the photos as much as i do. Ken


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