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Saturday, December 22, 2012

December 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Senior Platoon And Yankee Stadium

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s picture is of the Clemson Senior Platoon making an appearance in New York’s Yankee Stadium for a professional football game between San Francisco and New York in 1948.

When this picture was taken, America was just three years removed from the horrors of World War II and the GI’s were back home starting families that would eventually be known as the “Baby Boomers”. You get the feeling from this picture that New York was alive, bustling in the economic upswing of post-war America.

The drill platoon continued to perform at football games, parades, and special events from 1930 to 1960 creating over 1500 Alumni. There are approximately 600 still living. The Senior Platoon was disbanded after 1960 when the elimination of the Cadet Corps caused a lack of interest from the students.

The Senior Platoon has drilled from Boston to Dallas, to Miami to New Orleans at professional football games, baseball games, the Cotton, Orange, Sugar Bowls, Mardi Gras and many other activities. At one of the professional baseball games, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were present in the stands.

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