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Los Angeles veterans return from France

Los Angeles veterans return from France

May 15, 1919: Soldiers from Co. F, 117th Engineers march on Broadway upon their return from France after World War I.

This photo was published in the May 31, 1959, Los Angeles Times with the caption:

VICTORS PARADE – Hundreds of friends and relatives were on hand May 15, 1919, for the homecoming of Co. F, 117th Engineers, which served with the Rainbow Division during World War I. In this picture looking north on Broadway from 4th Street, the marchers are shown en route to Pershing Square where a luncheon was served. Co. F’s flag had 18 gold stars in memory of those who did not return.

A story in the May 16, 1919, Los Angeles Times reported that the unit contained “236 stalwart California boys, all of them belonging to Los Angeles homes.”

This photo, from the Security First National Bank collection, was used by staff photographer Bill Murphy in his 1959-1960 photo column titled “Early Days in the Southland.”

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