Called the “deadliest and most efficient rifle in the world” the U.S. Army’s new Garand rifle went on display in Los Angeles as part of National Defense week. The rifle, which fires 54 rounds per minute compared to its predecessor’s 10 rounds per minute, is named after its inventor, John C. Garand.
The Inglewood Post's float in the annual state parade of the American Legion, during which veterans of the first World War took to the streets of Los Angeles en masse along with bands, floats, drum and bugle corps. Nearly a quarter of a million people participated in the march. The Inglewood Post's float attracted particular attention for its large floral representation of the American Legion's insignia, center.
Military personnel (one in a diving suit) clink bottles during the Army-Navy Maneuvers that took place off the coast of Southern California at the end of 1946. The goal of the war games was to practice two maneuvers: Operation Mountain Goat, an amphibious landing designed to dislodge "enemy" troops, and Operation Oilskin, a landing to cut off "enemy" communications. The Army, Navy, and Marine Corps aircrafts participated in the exercise.
Lieut. Gen. John L. DeWitt, Lieut. Col. Rupert Hughes, and Capt. Claude B. Mayo speaking at the Army-Navy-Marine banquet in honor of National Defense and Americanism Week. The banquet took place at the National Guard Armory. From left to right, Lieut. Gen. John L. DeWitt, Lieut. Col. Rupert Hughes, and Capt. Claude B. Mayo.
Massed colors in the Armistice Day Parade. This was a celebration of the 19th anniversary of Armistice Day. The parade reviewing stand was on the Spring Street steps of city hall and thousands of spectators came out to honor the veterans
Disassembled version of the U.S. Army's new Garand rifle, called the “deadliest and most efficient rifle in the world.” The Garand rifle went on display in Los Angeles as part of National Defense week. The rifle, which fires 54 rounds per minute compared to its predecessor’s 10 rounds per minute, is named after its inventor, John C. Garand.
Memorial Day, also known as "Poppy Day", May 26, 1934. Members of the American Legion Auxillary pose with Los Angeles's City Council president. In the front row of the photo are City Councilman Howard Davis, Auxillary members Marie Gore, and Mary Repp. Behind them are Auxillary members Julia Van Sky and Mrs. Tom Rice.Members of the Los Angeles American Legion Auxillary hold bouquets of artificial poppies, made by veterans of the First World War. The poppies were sold by members of the American Legion Auxillary in order to raise money for disabled veterans and their families.Poppies were chosen as representative of Memorial Day due to their presence in the iconic World War I memorial poem, "In Flanders Fields". The poem was written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
Veterans of the Indian War assemble on Memorial Day, 1935. The ceremonies were held at the Memorial Coliseum, where veterans of the Civil War and Spanish American War attended, and several bands entertained the crowd.