Here’s a haunting and solemn colorized photo from 1921, much like the Lincoln photo I posted a while back. The Unknown Soldier from World War I had just arrived by ship at the Washington Navy Yard.

Unknown Soldier from World War I being taken from the USS Olympia at the Washington Navy Yard and transported to the US Capitol to lay in state (DC Public Commons)
Unknown Soldier from World War I being taken from the USS Olympia at the Washington Navy Yard and transported to the Capitol to lay in state (DC Public Library Commons)

The body was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11th, 1921. Both former President Woodrow Wilson and current President Harding were present at the ceremony (watch video of it here).

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  • Ben

    Awesome picture. If you notice, on the right hand side of the photo is the General of the Armies John J. “Black Jack” Pershing. He is in the olive colored trenchcoat with his hat on. In the history of the country only he and George Washington earned the title “General of the Armies” – the highest rank in the military.

  • ken

    Great picture, I am surprised by the hats that the first two Navy pall bearers are wearing. I thought the white hat predated WWI.