Soldier in Hawaii 1957 US Army; Oahu, 25th Infantry Division… The Big Picture TV-352
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‘Hub of Army defense activities in Pacific shown on “THE BIG PICTURE” — Although the islands of Hawaii have already had their share of publicity among tourist circles and travel bureaus, the Army Signal Corps takes time out to photograph in detail, and sometimes with dramatic impact, the picture of Army servicemen and women stationed in Hawaii. In “Soldier in Hawaii,” the producers of the Army’s six year old TV series examine well the varied activities and responsibilities of a hard-hitting military force in Hawaii. Ground forces like the 25th “Tropic Lightning” Infantry Division have been pulled back to Hawaii from more forward areas in the Pacific to meet any sudden emergency and be airlifted to any trouble spot. In an interview with Governor Samuel King, the role of the National Guard in the defense picture of the islands is spelled out. As an illustration of the above, the filming of these Guardsmen on maneuvers, simulating combat conditions, is particularly exciting and adds much to this THE BIG PICTURE program. In any mood, serious or otherwise, THE BIG PICTURE takes it all in stride and consistently gives a good show for its millions of viewers at home and overseas.’
Originally a public domain film, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
The United States Army Pacific (USARPAC) is an Army Service Component Command (ASCC) of the United States Army and is the army component unit of the United States Indo-Pacific Command. The main areas that this command has jurisdiction in include Hawaii, Alaska, the Pacific Ocean, South Korea and Japan. It also performs missions in Southeast Asia, in the countries such as the Philippines and Bangladesh. The United States Eighth Army in Korea has operational command and control on US Forces in Korea since January 2012, and USARPAC headquarters became its Army Component Command at the same date.
However, subordinate units of this command sometimes perform humanitarian missions in places such as Haiti, Cuba, and the Middle East…
Fort Shafter is in Honolulu CDP, City and County of Honolulu, Hawai‘i, extending up the interfluve (ridgeline) between Kalihi and Moanalua valleys, as well as onto the coastal plain (as Shafter Flats) at Māpunapuna. Fort Shafter is the headquarters of the United States Army Pacific, commanding most Army forces in the Asia-Pacific region with the exception of Korea. A portion of the area is also known as the Palm Circle Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been further designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. It is also known as Palm Circle or 100 Area. Palm Circle covers an underground command center.
Fort Shafter is the oldest military base on Oahu and celebrated its 100th birthday on June 22, 2007.
Fort Shafter has been home to the senior Army headquarters in Hawaii for a century…
The 25th Infantry Division (nicknamed “Tropic Lightning”) is a United States Army division based at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii…
The division was originally activated from Hawaii garrison units during World War II, slightly more than a month before the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor began the Pacific War. After spending almost a year training, it fought in the Allied counteroffensive during the Guadalcanal Campaign from December 1942… moved on to fight in the New Georgia Campaign… returned to combat in the January 1945 Invasion of Luzon… served in the Occupation of Japan after the surrender of the latter from September 1945.
When the Korean War began in June 1950, the division was deployed to Korea… returning to Hawaii in late 1954.
…the division deployed to South Vietnam to fight in the Vietnam War between late 1965 and early 1966. The 25th served in Vietnam until its withdrawal back to Hawaii in 1970–1971, participating in Operation Attleboro, Operation Cedar Falls, Operation Junction City, the Battle of Saigon during the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive, and the Cambodian Incursion. It was reorganized as a light infantry division in 1985, and elements have participated in the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan…