This Photo Friday does not going back as far as recent posts, but should stir up memories. On April 30, it will mark 10 years since the U.S. Army phased out the Woodland Camouflage pattern and the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). The Woodland pattern was first issued in 1981. The Woodland pattern and BDU were replaced by the Army Combat Uniform (ACU), which became the mandatory on May 1, 2008 and featured the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP).
Tonight will mark the first performance of the 2018 Twilight Tattoo season. Twilight Tattoo traces its origins back to 1961, when it was known as Torchlight Tattoo. The show ran under the name Torchlight Tattoo from 1961-1983. The original name came from the torches used to provide light for the performances.
In the past, shows have taken place near the Washington Monument, utilizing the Sylvan Theater, Ellipse, Jefferson Memorial and the White House, at the request of the President. In recent years, the Fort Myer and Fort McNair portions of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall hosted the Wednesday night summer tradition.
Seventy years ago today, the newly reactivated 3d Infantry Regiment got an infusion of new soldiers. Fifty-four young men, having just completed basic training at Fort Dix, NJ arrived at the Old Guard. Below is the caption that accompanied the photos:
“Fifty-four hand-picked young soldiers arrived in Washington recently for assignment to the Army’s recently reactivated Third Infantry Regiment, Fort Myer, Virginia. Pfc Joseph Lindgren, Hamburg, New Jersey, was chosen at random from the group and followed through a typical first day as a member of the regiment. Lindgren represents a cross-section of young Americans who recently enlisted in the U.S. Army. It was only last year that he received his high school diploma. He worked for a short while as a grocery clerk and finally decided to enlist as an Army private. Pfc Lindgren has undergone basic training at Fort Dix, and after being promoted to his present grade is ready to undergo extensive and specialized training with the Third Regiment. Several of his buddies are combat veterans and wear decorations for their service in the war. Lindgren is keenly intestest in sports, radio, and electronics and hopes to pursue his studies of the electrical sciences while in the service.”
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These three images appeared in the May 29, 1955 edition of the Newark (NJ) Sunday Times. They show (left to right): Tomb Sentinels George Haupt and Martin Green preparing for guard duty at the Tomb of the Unknown; one of the 3d Infantry drill teams, complete with chromed M1 helmets and white accessories; and Continental Color Guard members Norman Krause and Edwin Rosenweig in early versions of the colonial uniforms and black wigs then worn by CCG. This is also from the period where Company A, 1st Battalion held the name “Honor Guard Company.”
On April 6, 1948, the 3d Infantry Regiment reactivated in Washington, DC on the U.S. Capitol Plaza. That day, the 3d Infantry Regiment took over the mission of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown, conducting Army funerals in Arlington National Cemetery, to include the Caisson Platoon, and serving as guardian of the national capital.
The American flag used in the ceremony was the flag that was flying over the US Capitol at the time of Pearl Harbor attack. The same flag was later raised over the three defeated Axis capitals of Rome, Berlin and Tokyo and then returned to the United States for use in ceremonies.
The missions taken up by the Old Guard had been performed by other units during World War II. The mission to protect the capital had been performed by the 703d and 712th MP Battalions since the end of the World War II. The men of the 703d were transferred to the 1st Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment, and those in the 712th transitioned to the 2d Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment. In the following weeks a large number of recruit trainees from Fort Dix, New Jersey were added to both battalions. The 1st Battalion was garrisoned at Fort Myer, VA and the 2d Battalion was garrisoned at newly-renamed Fort Lesley J. McNair, DC.
The Military District of Washington’s ceremonial mission had been performed since 1943 by the MDW Ceremonial Detachment. The Ceremonial Detachment first became Ceremonial Company, 1st Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment. A year later, Ceremonial Company became Company A (Honor Guard), 3d Infantry Regiment.
See photos of the activation ceremony here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldguardmuseum/albums/72157624261405209
On this day in 1969, former President Eisenhower passed away at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
President Nixon said of him, “Some men are considered great because they lead great armies or they lead powerful nations. For eight years now, Dwight Eisenhower has neither commanded an army nor led a nation; and yet he remained through his final days the world’s most admired and respected man, truly the first citizen of the world.”
Click the link to see more images from his State Funeral- https://www.flickr.com/photos/oldguardmuseum/sets/72157633119385606