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Broadway Theatre - Golden Troopers

Posted Monday, October 17, 2011, at 6:00 AM

G.D. Fronabarger made this photo of the Golden Troopers drum and bugle corps from American Legion Post 63 being welcomed home as they returned Oct. 18, 1951 to the Legion Hall in Cape Girardeau from a trip to the national American Legion convention in Miami, Fla.

A future classic movie was playing that night at the Broadway Theatre.

This previous blog shows the Golden Troopers marching past Gen. Douglas MacArthur at the convention.

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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The old Broadway Theater should be renovated like the Esquire. The first movie I ever saw was at the Broadway. It was Bambi!!

-- Posted by rockytop10 on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 5:30 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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