'Living flag' was recreated in 1967

'Living flag' was recreated in 1967

There are 50 comments on the Daily Herald story from Jun 23, 2010, titled 'Living flag' was recreated in 1967. In it, Daily Herald reports that:

I'm writing concerning an article that was in your paper on June 14 titled "Great Lakes sailors make 'living' flag for Flag Day." The article stated that 7,400 sailors formed a "living" U.S. flag at Great Lakes Naval Station and that they were trying to recreate a living flag that was done in 1917.

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Al Rothe

Jasper, GA

#1 Jul 2, 2010
I was one of the 10,000 sailors from Great Lakes that created a living flag at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 8, 1967. I was in the graduating Boot Camp battalion (Company 192) that marched around the field and then became the "flag pole" for the flag. It was billed as the "Mid-America salute to the flag" As a side note, this was the 1st Boot Camp graduation to take place away from Great Lakes.

I also have an 8 x 10 photo of this flag!
Kenneth Hutchinson

Pelham, AL

#2 Nov 14, 2010
Al, I was in that flag also, I was in the red stripe, Company 238. I would like to get a copy of your picture. The one I had was lost in a fire. Ken [email protected]
Al Rothe wrote:
I was one of the 10,000 sailors from Great Lakes that created a living flag at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 8, 1967. I was in the graduating Boot Camp battalion (Company 192) that marched around the field and then became the "flag pole" for the flag. It was billed as the "Mid-America salute to the flag" As a side note, this was the 1st Boot Camp graduation to take place away from Great Lakes.
I also have an 8 x 10 photo of this flag!
Gretchen Tschohl Goelz

Milwaukee, WI

#3 Nov 25, 2010
I was there to see the flag with the Milwaukee USO. I would love to have a picture of that flag. Any way I could get one too. I would sure appreciate it.
Thanks
Gretchen
[email protected]
Larry McClure

Bangor, ME

#4 Dec 27, 2010
Al Rothe wrote:
I was one of the 10,000 sailors from Great Lakes that created a living flag at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 8, 1967. I was in the graduating Boot Camp battalion (Company 192) that marched around the field and then became the "flag pole" for the flag. It was billed as the "Mid-America salute to the flag" As a side note, this was the 1st Boot Camp graduation to take place away from Great Lakes.
I also have an 8 x 10 photo of this flag!
Larry McClure I was a member of the Drill Team from Great Lakes that performed that day. We marched around the field and did a drill performance in front of the grandstand.
Norm

Stow, OH

#5 Dec 29, 2010
I was in company 274 and was also in the living flag ceremonies. Would be nice if one could find out how many people are still living that participated in the recreation of the living flag.
Al Rothe

Atlanta, GA

#6 Dec 30, 2010
I've been thinking the same thing. I am looking into creating myself a new email ID and setting up a facebook page based on the "living flag" of 1967.
I wonder if we could entice some major news outlet to run a story on the flag? We could do a write-in campaign to co-incide with the July 8th date.

What do you think?
Stan

United States

#7 Dec 31, 2010
I was in Company 200 and was one of the stars. I also had the color picture but it got lost in one of the moves in my 20 year career. For some reason, I thought it happened for the 4th of July - glad you clarified that.
Al Rothe

Jasper, GA

#8 Jan 1, 2011
Stan,

Give me your email address and I will send you a copy of the photo.

Email me at [email protected] if you don't want to post your email on this board.

Al
Dan Spinazzola

Laguna Niguel, CA

#9 Jan 22, 2011
My brother Lou and I were in company 261 and were in the blue field of the living flag. Boiler Chief E.L. Morgan - we remember you with fondness.
Ron Bringe

Appleton, WI

#10 Mar 30, 2011
I to was in the flag July 8,1967 I'm one of the stars. Co. 207 First class Casper was co. leader
Jim Gallagher

Sewickley, PA

#11 Mar 30, 2011
I was there in '67 also, Company 243, T.M.Madar MM1 was CC, I believe we were in the first full red stripe. I still have my red covering.
jon

Villa Park, IL

#12 Jun 14, 2011
i was a blue blob that hot day, i was one of Morgan's maggots.(a term he lovengly applied to us to encourage extra effort through boot camp).we did well, good memories!
john murray

Quincy, IL

#13 Jul 7, 2011
I was also there I represented the Marine Corps and received one of my purple hearts there. Does anyone know if there were any pictures taken that day by the Navy.
Al Rothe

Jasper, GA

#14 Jul 7, 2011
john murray wrote:
I was also there I represented the Marine Corps and received one of my purple hearts there. Does anyone know if there were any pictures taken that day by the Navy.
John, I only have a photo of the flag, nothing from the ceremonies performed that day. If you would like a copy of the 8x10 email me at [email protected] and I will send it to you.
john murray

Quincy, IL

#15 Jul 7, 2011
Al,
That would be great. I will email you. I never thought about it at the time buy my grandchildren would like to see one. I had been in GLNH for 7 months at that time and spent another 14 so I forgot all about it.
Semper Fi
John
Norm Liddell

AOL

#16 Jul 23, 2011
Al Rothe wrote:
I was one of the 10,000 sailors from Great Lakes that created a living flag at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 8, 1967. I was in the graduating Boot Camp battalion (Company 192) that marched around the field and then became the "flag pole" for the flag. It was billed as the "Mid-America salute to the flag" As a side note, this was the 1st Boot Camp graduation to take place away from Great Lakes.
I also have an 8 x 10 photo of this flag!
Al, I also graduated that same day...my overhead photo was destroyed in a fire at my Mom's home 2 years later. If you get this and would be so kind as to email me a JPEG of your 8x10, I would be super grateful. [email protected]

Thanks so much
Roy

Rochester, NY

#17 Oct 2, 2011
I was in that flag also .. I had forgotten all about it . I was in co. 259 I think ... I was part of the blue backround.I also lost the photo... due to many moves over the years.
Lee Ormsby

El Paso, TX

#18 Dec 29, 2011
I was in the flag. I was in Naval Electronics School in North Chicago. We were the only sailors in the flag that were not in boot camp at the time. I don't have a picture, but it was printed in the Chicago newspapers. Maybe they have a picture in their files.
Al Rothe

Jasper, GA

#19 Jan 1, 2012
Lee Ormsby wrote:
I was in the flag. I was in Naval Electronics School in North Chicago. We were the only sailors in the flag that were not in boot camp at the time. I don't have a picture, but it was printed in the Chicago newspapers. Maybe theemaiy have a picture in their files.
I will be glad to send you a copy of my 8 x 10 photo, email me" [email protected]
Paul K

United States

#21 May 23, 2012
i was in company 204, one of the stars. i have a newspaper clipping of the flag. not very good anymore.

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