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Golden Troopers and Gen. MacArthur

Posted Monday, October 4, 2010, at 7:30 AM

G.D. Fronabarger accompanied the Golden Troopers of the Louis K. Juden Post American Legion on a five-day trip to Miami, Fla. in October 1951. During the trip, the Cape Girardeau drum and bugle corps marched past Gen. Douglas McArthur, who is shown in the gray suit at left saluting as the colors pass. The 65-member group participated in the national drum and bugle corps contest.

Southeast Missourian, Oct. 20, 1951:

As the Golden Troopers march before the reviewing box in the parade at the American Legion convention in Miami, Fla., this week, Gen. Douglas MacArthur salutes the passing colors. A moment later he waved a friendly greeting to the Cape Girardeau drum and bugle corps.

Excerpt from May 2, 1984 Southeast Missourian:

The Golden Troopers, named for their golden uniforms, were formed in 1928 and continued in existence through 1939. They were disbanded in 1940, as World War II loomed, then were revived in 1949 and continued through 1953.

On eight different occasions the corps won the Missouri American Legion drum and bugle corps championship. It participated in numerous national Legion contests, its highest rank coming in 1950 when the corps was fifth nationally at Los Angeles.

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I thought they were in existence longer than that.

I remember them as a kid, but I was only about six when they disbanded. I would have sworn they were around when I was a teenager.

-- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Oct 4, 2010, at 10:28 AM

For some reason, I keep wanting to say, Golden-EAGLES marching-band.

Same/Different, or am I way-off course, & thinking of something else?

-- Posted by donknome-2 on Mon, Oct 4, 2010, at 12:46 PM

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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

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