World War II Sailor Photographs Girlfriend in front of the Capitol Building

I wonder what happened to this couple. It’s possible that this photo was staged for the war effort. Also, take a look at the soldiers milling about in the background.

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Washington, D.C. Sailor taking a picture of his girlfriend at a monument in front of the Capitol on a Sunday afternoon
Washington, D.C. Sailor taking a picture of his girlfriend at a monument in front of the Capitol on a Sunday afternoon

This photo reminds me of this one, also from World War II.

Update: Sorry we mislabeled this as a soldier. We are clearly not experts in military attire and were rightly corrected by the readers in the comments below.

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  • Looks like that was the Ulysses Grant Memorial.

  • crin

    Sailor. Not soldier.

  • Chris Labas

    I’m from a Navy/Marine Corps family, so I just want to explain that your caption will not be read favorably by some until it is corrected. The man appearing in the photograph is a SAILOR not a SOLDIER. Also, Marines should never be referred to as anything but MARINES. They are not soldiers.