Goodbye Kiss

Frank Brown, 1950


Sept. 6, 1950:

Pvt. Robert Maye and his wife, Gloria, kiss goodbye with the help of Harvey Wilson, left, and Frank Harvey. The couple have been married 18 months and have a 6-month-old daughter. Mr. Maye is leaving for the Korean War.

Los Angeles’ own — the 160th Infantry Regiment, National Guard –  left for the fourth war of its brief history yesterday morning.

The leave-taking was grimmer than was the push-off in 1941. The tears came more quickly. The embraces were more fiercely given and returned.

The 160th Infantry entrained at Exposition Park after mustering in the echoing, high-raftered armory. The number of departing troops was undisclosed — a matter of military security. But car after car of the troop train extended along Exposition Blvd. between Figueroa St. and Menlo Ave.

And when the cars filled with troops, the pavement was lined three deep with wives, sweethearts, parents and friends. The band was quiet then. The cadence of ringing combat boots was stilled.

The sounds were those of whispered, strained goodbyes. And soft, unashamed weeping.

more about this picture here

  • goodbye kiss – polibek na rozloučenou
  • grim – ponurý
  • fiercly – divoký
  • matter of military security – otázka vojenské bezpečnosti
  • sweetheart – miláček
  • cadence – kadence, rytmus, dopad
  • strained – potlačovaný
  • unashamed – neskrývaný
  • weep – vzlykot, pláč

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