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The Gerald N. Bench Films - Horse Shows and Fort Sill

Bruce Malone

Silent | 1950s

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  •  Military officers pose with their families outside the housing quarters at Fort Sill Military Reservation in Oklahoma 
  •  Younger daughter Geraldine with the family pets 
  •  Lounging longhorns 
  •  Horse Show at Fort Sill 
  •  Geraldine shows off her eighth grade certificate 
  •  Firing a 155-mm field gun 
  •  Driving through Arizona 
  •  Badlands National Park in South Dakota 
  •  Snow-covered Fort Sill 
  •  Geraldine shows off her fancy dress 
  •  Older sister Marcia 
  •  Geraldine with her date 
  •  Shooting a film 
  •  Firing a 4.5” field gun 
  •  Fort Sill housing 
  •  Outdoor cat 
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This 1950s home movie captures the Bench family at Fort Sill Military Reservation in Oklahoma. Father Gerald Bench, a captain in the US Army at the time, oversees artillery demonstrations. Soldiers test fire a variety of artillery, including 155-mm and 4.5-inch field guns. Mother Louise and daughters Marcia and Geraldine, meanwhile, enjoy horse shows and pose for the camera outside the family’s post housing. Also included is footage of a family trip to Badlands National Park in South Dakota.