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1945 wedding of combat cameraman

Film | Accession Number: 2010.231.2 | RG Number: RG-60.4910 | Film ID: 2897

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.

Event:  1945 June 30
Montreuil, France
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Arthur J. Mainzer
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:46:22
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