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USS Knox, Probably filmed between 1944 and 1946

This film shows scenes of: a house and the front and back garden of the house, a man in a suit with a walking stick is seen with a pipe in his mouth, a playing field with a man on a palmino horse, other people on horseback in cowboy like outfits, horses are shown in front of a barn, boys in suits, a man on horseback and a line of people on horseback with flags, a parade of people with flags of various states, then a polo match, with one man in a yellow jersey with an R on it. Close up of a man in uniform watching the match and other spectators in the crowd. This section ends with a young boy in a garden and then seen with a couple, his parents? (Possibly filmed in New York state)

The rest of the film features onboard a ship, the USS Knox (APA 46), in the pacific, visiting pacific islands, crossing the equator and visiting Japan. Scenes include: A boxing match on board, a forest area on land, scenes with people walking on a rural road, harbor scenes with boats, shore scenes with landing craft PA46-15, people on a bridge, onboard ship scenes, asian street scenes, people on a train, a sign on the street of a Japanese town map, a Japanese house and garden, japanese street scenes (possibly of the towns and villages around Wakanoura, Wakayama and Nagoya?), a dockside area with an army jeep and many boxes piled up, on board ship, many views from the ship, a shellback ceremony (Crossing the line ceremony), with Mr. Herchak dressed up as the chaplain, then scenes of cargo onboard ship with a military truck with cargo in it being winched out of the hold for transfer to a waiting landing craft. Many scenes from offshore Japan and Japanese islands.


  • Probably filmed between 1944 and 1946


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550 feet of film (This film is one reel of 16mm that shows a family at a parade and on baord a ship in the pacific.)


Repository Details

Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository

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