United States 17th Airborne Division in Chalons, France during World War II. U.S. Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft in flight as paratroopers drop. Smoke rises from an area on the ground. Wing of an aircraft while in flight. Paratroopers and supplies land on a field.
United States 17th Airborne Division in Chalons, France during World War 2. U.S. Army Air Forces C-46 aircraft in flight as paratroopers are dropped. Paratroopers descend through the air. Paratroopers land in a field. C-46 aircraft in flight overhead. Paratroopers advance across a field. Paratroopers' gear lying on a field.
Ceremonies attending the burial of the unknown and unidentified American soldier after World War I in France. France honors the Unknown U.S. Hero before the body is transported to America for burial at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony marks the selection of the Unknown Soldier to be taken to the Untied States for burial. French citizens in Chalons France pay final homage to the body of the American lying in state at the City Hall in Paris, France. French men, women, and children wait in line and then file through to pay last respects. A banner on the road honors the American Hero. French soldiers stand by the large crowd of mourners outside the City Hall. People emerge from the Hall and more inside the Hall. View of the coffin with the simple offering of white roses to indicate that this would be the body sent back to the U.S. to represent all of his Unknown Soldier brothers. United States and French soldiers around the coffin. Close-up view of U.S. Army Sergeant Edward F Younger, who fought in all the American offensives and who had the honor of selecting the body from among four identical coffins on October 24, 1921, at the City Hall in Chalons-en-Champagne, France. A car arrives. French and American Generals emerge and greet the waiting officials. General Allen with a French General near the coffin. Allen pays tribute to the Unknown Soldier. The Generals and officers salute as the coffin is taken out of the City Hall and laid in a caisson. Marching troops lead the procession. The casket is brought to Le Havre where French citizens turn out in respectful tribute. Soldiers carry the casket past railway carriages followed by military officers and government officials. A large crowd on the streets watches the procession. The horse drawn caisson moves through people gathered on either side.
United States 80th Infantry Division in Chalons-sur-Marne, France during World War II. A water-filled field. A U.S. soldier stands along with the Mayor of Chalons-sur-Marne. The soldier stands with a United States flag in hand. He presents the flag to the Mayor. The flag is raised to the peak and is not lowered for the day. United States soldiers gather for the flag raising ceremony. French civilians gather. A band of musicians play instruments.
Tribute paid to an American soldier in Chalons-en-Champagne, France. People gathered in the city hall. The American flag on the building. Officers salute as soldiers carry the coffin of the American soldier. Officers on horses in the background. The soldiers place the coffin on a horse driven cart. The coffin is carried on the cart. The soldiers and the officers march in the background. An officer addresses people. The soldiers carry the coffin on a dock followed by the officers. People place wreaths on the coffin. The French and the American flag on a ship. The ship leaves the dock. People stand and watch from the dock.
Quaker members of American Friends Service Committee help people in France. They work at the Matson Maternelle de la Marne Maternity Hospital in Chalons-sur-Marne, France. Exterior of the hospital. Two nurses come out, holding a baby. Exterior of the hospital which was opened in 1922. Groups of nurses walk in the ground. American, English and French nurses in the hospital. A patient arrives in a horse drawn carriage. Nurses help a pregnant mother to step into hospital. Interior of the hospital ward. Separate ward for dependent children who come in with their mothers. Nurses play with the young children. They feed the babies. Maternity ward. Mother in bed is given baby. Patient leaves hospital with husband and new baby.