More trivia: A painting of Sousa by Capolin now hangs in the foyer of the USMC Band Barracks in DC. I thought it odd that the USMC Band dressed for a D.C. performance in the Washington Navy Yard and rode the buses to the performance site standing and hanging on to the overhead rail so they wouldn't get wrinkles in their uniforms. I've seen them perform at a Scottish Game on a football field dressed in their red jackets with white trousers and shoes, march directly into a wet area of the field under a goal post, flip an about face and come away with what I've always known as a British half step and then break into a full step with peels of left and right face to broaden across the stadium field and then counter march as they played to audiences on both sides of the field. That and the Tattoos in the evening at the USMC Commander's home were inspiring to me, and something to write about to my oldest brother who served in the Corp, !st Marines, FMFPAC during WWII and personally survived without wounds.
Semper Fidelis to your brother.
I served in the Army (2nd Armor Division "Hell on Wheels", 82nd Airborne and 24th Infantry Division) myself. Motto: "This We'll Defend".
Thanks for that Ed.
1964 H. N. White King Super 20 model 1049S
1970 King Super 20 S2
1976 King Silver Flair (Custom engraved)
especially Marines, with the Garand M1 I gave him.
I served in USAF with SAC and TAC 8th & 5th AF respectively in reconnaissance and photo-mapping. Where all I've been and what all I did then, I'll never tell, but I did upgrade from enlisted to officer but too subsequently resigned my commission for domestic reasons that still ended in a divorce. I suppose a high point of my service was as USAF liason during the filming of the movie Sayonara starring Marlon Brando and Red Buttons with the 67th Tactical Reconnaisance Wing (TRW) in Japan, in the era of the Super Sabre Jet RF-86D, the "R' designating reconnaissance aircraft with no armament. Should you see the movie, you'd notice the "67th TRW" on the hangar in the background. The last I heard was the 67th was at Hickam AFB in Hawaii. SAC is no more, too. Also for a short time I was with HQ 7602nd Air Intelligence Group "Cum Silentio".
All this is just memories for me now, some good, some bad, and some horrible.
Back to Sousa, much of what I've said about him can be corroborated via Internet search, but my experience as close as I could be can't. I spent a considerable part of my life in the DC environs inclusive of where I met my present wife 46 years ago and got married to her a year later. Yes, I've been to Sousa's home there and his gravesite in Congressional Cemetery where I'm told he was buried in the uniform of a Navy Lieutenant Commander (USAF,Army, Marine = Captain, but a Navy Captain's rank is an Admiral).
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