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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VAN HOUTEN'S COCOA, c. 1890

The Fistic Arts: 1943

The Fistic Arts: 1943

January 1943. "The gymnasium is one of the busiest places at the Manhattan Beach Coast Guard training station. The physical education program is handled by many noted exponents of boxing, wrestling, track and judo. Paul "Tiny" Wyatt, one-time leading contender for heavyweight boxing honors, is shown sparring with Herb Kroeten, former Golden Gloves champ." 4x5 nitrate negative by Roger Smith for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Herb Kroeten

Herb was a civilian PE instructor at West Point for at least 20 years -- in fact, one of my seven nose fractures occurred under his gentle auspices. I still recall with a shudder his frequent admonition: "Okay, you guys, less dancin', more hittin'!"

 
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