1945 wedding of combat cameraman
June 1945 wedding ceremony of Sergeant Arthur Mainzer, a combat cameraman who filmed the liberation of Buchenwald for the U.S. Army Air Forces, to Germaine Girardot, a French woman. The film was taken by other combat cameramen and photographers with the Ninth Air Force as a gift to Arthur.
Various CUs of a crowd outside the church in a suburb of Paris preparing for the wedding, including military cameramen in uniform and the wedding party. Germaine, the bride, and her father begin the procession into the church. INT, church and wedding ceremony with priest (dark). Audience seated in pews. 01:08:26 EXT, church with townspeople and guests greeting the newlyweds. U.S. military exiting the church. Various CUs of the bride and groom posing for photographs. Tying flowers to the wedding car. Candid views of cameramen filming the wedding guests and activity outside the church. Wedding party departs in a U.S. military vehicle. French civilians wave goodbye. Candid CUs of military men, smoking and joking around. French spectators in apartment windows. Arthur and Germaine, the newlyweds, wave from a window above a cafe and kiss. More shots of U.S. combat camermen.
The members of the 4th Combat Camera, 9th Air Force Unit and photographers from Photo Finishing, 9th Air Force who attended the wedding and are pictured in the film are: Sgt. John Killorin, Pvt. Verl E. Luzena, 1st Lt. Robert J. Fleck (best man), Cpl. John Killorin, Pvt. Paige J. Nelson, Pvt. Mario Mongini, Cpl. Pasquale Mirabella, Sgt. William E. Kelley, Pvt. Harold Citron, Pfc. Sherman Snider, Cpl. Lamoine Wark, Sgt. Louis F. Schadlich, Sgt. Ralph Lopatin, Pfc. Henry S. Rapaez, Nick Toth, and Sgt. Elmer H. Merkel. See Film and Video departmental files or attached document for more specifics.
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Also in This Collection
The collection consists of a diary issued to American soldiers during World War II that was used by Arthur J. Mainzer of the United States Army Air Force. The diary includes enlistment information, family history, autographs from friends, promotion information, photographs, and diary entries of his activities from 1942 October-1944 February as well as a train ticket and two unmarked postcards from an enclosure in the back of the diary.