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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Marines vs. Army: 1924

Marines vs. Army: 1924

Nov. 1, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Devil Dogs vs. Infantrymen. McQuade makes gain for Marines against Fort Benning at American League park." Jack McQuade, former University of Maryland football star, in a game that saw Quantico's Leathernecks mop the field with Army in a 39-0 rout. View full size.

 

It Still Hurts

When I went to my first duty station after boot camp I was recruited to play in the Annual Navy Marine touch football kegger game. I was only two years out of high school and since I had played varsity for two years as a lineman (offense & defense -- we were a tough breed then), I figured it would be a nice afternoon of sport.

I soon found out why no sailor who had played the year before was on the squad. Those Marines were like a team possessed and I still count it a blessing I survived the game. However the beer and bull session post game was well worth the agony.

Headgear

I wondered because there are two guys without - just wondering.

Cameras

It's amazing how in focus this picture is. Now we have all the digital cameras that are so easy to use, but back then a photographer had to really know how to get a great shot.

Rails to Trails

The "Fast Electric Trains" of the WB&A gave way to a nifty bike trail.

http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm

Great sports shot by any standards

Photographers spend thousands on gear to get shots this good nowadays. I wonder what sort of camera/lens combination was used here.

You made my day!

I was born in the US Naval Hospital, Quantico, VA, 30 years after this football game took place. My father did not retire from the Marine Corps until I was 30 years old so, of course, I am not the slightest bit surprised that the Leathernecks clobbered nearly everyone they played that year!

Not much of a chance

... for that running back to get the ref to call a "facemask penalty" on the defender.

You take out that big guy. No, YOU take him out.

The Army player with no helmet looks a little long of tooth but the guy's a mountain. As every sports buff knows, the Jarheads went 7-0-1 that season:

33-0 Catholic, 13-13 Vanderbilt, 6-0 Georgetown, 39-0 Ft. Benning, 14-0 Dickinson, 28-0 Detroit, 3-0 Carnegie Tech, 47-0 III Corps.

Vanderbilt must have been a powerhouse. No one else even scored against the Marines.

 
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