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1950's Photo Archive


The Beginnings of Armed Forces Day

 

This photo archive features pictures and documents relating to the establishment of Armed Forces Day, as well as pictures of AFD events in the 1950's. Click on the image to view a high resolution version of this photograph.

 

 

The First Proclamation

THE FIRST PROCLAMATION - Page 1 of the proclamation signed by President Harry S. Truman. (AFD-1950)

The First Proclamation

THE FIRST PROCLAMATION - Page 2 of the proclamation signed by President Harry S. Truman. (AFD-1950)

MAKING IT OFFICIAL - Press copy of official proclamation marking third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day. (AFD-1950)

Making It Official

MAKING IT OFFICIAL - Additional Documentation on the process of designating Armed Forces Day. (AFD-1950)

Stirring Up Interest

STIRRING UP INTEREST - Getting the word out on the new celebration. (AFD-1950)

Establishing at Not Extra Cost Policy

ESTABLISHING "AT NOT EXTRA COST" POLICY - Expressing President Truman's policy the "no movement of troops be involved or any expense incurred to the Government for affairs of this kind." (AFD-1950)

Establishing at Not Extra Cost Policy

ESTABLISHING "AT NOT EXTRA COST" POLICY - Expressing President Truman's policy the "no movement of troops be involved or any expense incurred to the Government for affairs of this kind." (AFD-1950)

Standing Tall

STANDING TALL - Official poster for Armed Forces Day highlights the "Defenders of Freedom". (AFD-1951)

First Dinner

FIRST DINNER - President Harry S. Truman addresses guests at the first Armed Forces Day dinner in Washington, D.C. His proclamation replaced separate celebrations by the Armed Services. (AFD-1950)

Passing in Review

PASSING IN REVIEW - Airmen from Andrews AFB, Md., salute President Harry S. Truman during a parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. (AFD-1951)

Reviewing the Troops

REVIEWING THE TROOPS - Generals review the troops at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan. (AFD-1950)

I Want You

"I WANT YOU" - Specially designed jeeps carrying recruiting posters paraded in New Orleans. (AFD- 1950)

Well Deserved

WELL DESERVED - Capt. Robert L. Fair receives the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals and the Army Commendation Ribbon at a Presidio of San Francisco, Calif., ceremony. (AFD-1952)

Quoting Ben Franklin

QUOTING BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - Servicemen and women comprise this poster, which features cautionary words of Benjamin Franklin. (AFD-1952)

Power for Peach

POWER FOR PEACE - Ground, air and sea power set the theme for this AFD poster, as witnessed by an American family. (AFD-1955)

Latest Gear

LATEST GEAR - Army airborne troops show the "latest" equipment to visitors during open house activities at the Presidio of San Francisco, Calif. (AFD-1955)

Bolling AFB

BOLLING AFB, D.C. - The Army's new landing craft retriever shows how it straddles a damaged craft, lifts it from the water, and carries it onto a dry dock for repairs. (AFD-1956)

Building a Castle

BUILDING A CASTLE - Army engineers construct the entrance to their exhibit during an open house at Bolling Field, now Bolling AFB, D.C. (AFD-1956)

Peering at the Controls

PEERING AT CONTROLS - Future pilots check out the controls of a jet during an open house at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. (AFD-1956)

Keeping the Lines Open

KEEPING THE LINES OPEN - Shotaro Tabushita (left), Japanese advisor to the Army's overseas signal corps, explains mobile teletype operations to Japanese visitors at Camp Drake, Japan. (AFD-1956)

Waiting Their Turn

WAITING THEIR TURN to sit in a U.S. Army reconnaissance helicopter are these visitors at Fort Bragg, N.C. (AFD-1957)

Big Boomers

BIG BOOMERS - The "Honest John," a nuclear warhead rocket highlights the Fort Bragg, N.C. open house. (AFD-1957)

Big Boomers

BIG BOOMERS - A self-propelled 155mm howitzer highlights the Fort Bragg, N.C. open house. (AFD-1957)

 

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