Boy Scouts greet Col. Theodore Roosevelt, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1932


Interesting photograph.

1932 photograph of U.S. Army Col. Theodore Roosevelt III, being greeted in St. Paul, Minnesota by a group of Boy Scouts.  Minnesota Historical Society collection.

1932 photograph of U.S. Army Col. Theodore Roosevelt III, being greeted in St. Paul, Minnesota by a group of Boy Scouts. Minnesota Historical Society collection.

Found it at the site of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Col. Roosevelt, the son of President Theodore Roosevelt, is nearly center, in civilian clothes.  He would go on to command troops at the Battle of Normandy on D-Day, winning the Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously.  His father would later be awarded the Medal of Honor.  Is this the only father-son MoH duo?

MHS records identify Col. Roosevelt and 13 other people in the photo, mostly the Scouts; alphabetically, they are:  Baker, Curtis; Baker, Robert (brothers?); Haas, Frank; Hagman, R. J.; Jungwirth, Robert A.; Kehne, Clyde; Menz, C. J.; Nyman, David; Polanick, Alexander; Robertson, Donald; Roosevelt, Theodore [III]; Sommers, Charles; Torgerson, Gordon; White, Charles.

It would be interesting to know what the event was in 1932 that brought Roosevelt to St. Paul.  It would be interesting to know what happened to those Scouts.

Update: Mr. Higginbotham found an account of Roosevelt’s trip in the April 1932 issue of Boys’ Life (see comments).  Roosevelt was on his way to the Philippines, where he served as Governor-General, a post held earlier by William Howard Taft, Leonard Wood, and Henry L. Stimson, among others.  Roosevelt was a member of the National Board of Boy Scouts of America; Scouts saw him off from New York, and greeted him at stops all the way to Seattle, where he boarded ship for the Philippines.

Account of Col. Theodore Roosevelt III's trip from New York to Seattle, in 1932 -- with Scouts meeting him at almost every stop.  Boys' Life, April 1932, page 58.

Account of Col. Theodore Roosevelt III’s trip from New York to Seattle, in 1932 — with Scouts meeting him at almost every stop. Boys’ Life, April 1932, page 58.

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4 Responses to Boy Scouts greet Col. Theodore Roosevelt, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1932

  1. jahigginbotham says:

    Boy’s Life came up in some Google search permutation of TR Jr, scouts, st paul, 1932, et/or c.
    Here are some probable pictures on board the Taft (the last 6)
    http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/search/searchterm/Jr!roosevelt/field/title!all/mode/any!all/conn/and!and/order/title/ad/asc

    i looked up a couple of the odder names but still got too many possibles and didn’t pursue.

    by the way, the “look up this picture” appears to be a feature only of Chrome

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Interesting that right below that photo in Boys’ Life on page 23, there’s a photo of Scouts meeting with Governor Roosevelt in New York — FDR, of course. Interesting.

    The description of the trip on page 58 makes one wonder about other photos along the way (See post). Surely there were a few. Who’s got ‘em?

    Thank you, Mr. Higginbotham. Whatever made you think to go to Boys’ Life?

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  3. jahigginbotham says:

    make that seattle, washington

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  4. jahigginbotham says:

    Colonel Roosevelt was taking the train from Grand Central Station, New York, to Seattle, Washington, on his way to his appointment as Governor-General of the Philippines. He stopped in St. Paul (and other cities) and spoke to the Scouts. See pages 23 (photograph from slightly different viewing angle) and 58.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=5PI8UVwFw8IC&pg=PA3&dq=boys+life+april+1932&hl=en&sa=X&ei=74RLU6LtCoPy8QGLi4HoCw&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=boys%20life%20april%201932&f=false
    https://suite.io/larry-putt/5mpq2bb

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