Sailors graduating from Basic training demonstrate marching skills at U.S. Naval training Center in Chicago,United States.
Chicago Illinois USA Date:1918 Duration:4 min 34 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Graduation Day for a class of recruits at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Chicago, Illinois. Captain William A. Moffett, USN, Commandant of the center is on a reviewing stand with his Lieutenant Commander, assistant. A French military officer and two French officials, are also present. Spectators are crowded around the reviewing stand. The new sailors are seen, from atop the administration building, lined up in formation behind the Center's flag pole from which a large American flag flies. Others are marching in review past the stand, which is now filled with high-ranking naval officers. The spectators around the reviewing stand can also be seen better. In next sequence, a huge Navy brass band marches toward the reviewing stand en masse and then executes to the rear march by columns, all while playing their instruments. They remain in place and play during the rest of the activities. More massed sailors march, followed by several contingents pulling French 75 artillery pieces. Spectators can be seen all around the parade grounds. Beginning as a huge single formation covering more than half the parade ground, sailors start marching in maneuvers that create patterns. Then a square formation of sailors marches along the field, enclosing a moving color guard, like a fortress. Closeup of new sailors marching with shouldered arms. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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