Photo Friday – MDW Ceremonial Detachment

1947-08-29-Ceremonial Detachment

It is already time for another Photo Friday!

Pictured is the Military District of Washington’s Ceremonial Detachment at Fort Myer, VA in August 1947. The Ceremonial Detachment was activated July 23, 1942, in response to the departure of the 3d Cavalry in February 1942 for wartime duty.

The Ceremonial Detachment handled provided “details for all military funerals, the permanent guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and such other ceremonies as were ordered…In an average year in the period covered by this history, the Detachment performed duties at approximately twelve hundred burials, thirty ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and over fifty cannon salutes and eight hundred rifle salutes were fired.” — “The Military District of Washington: In the War Years: 1942-1945”

The Ceremonial Detachment accomplished all of this with an authorized strength of just 146 men. These men formed the nucleus of the re-activated 3d Infantry Regiment in 1948.

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