Sunday, October 24, 2010

Doughboy Stadium

Doughboy Stadium, Fort Benning, GA
U.S. Army Infantrymen built this stadium as a memorial to their dead comrades of World War I. 
Labor and construction began in November 1924. The stadium was dedicated October 17, 1925.
This is the main entrance of the stadium. If you ever saw the movie "We Were Soldiers Once", one scene of the movie was filmed here. I wasn't there that day, but I heard it was really hot and the movie people kept the extras sitting in the hot sun for a 'really long time'. Sam Elliott complained and got everyone moved to the chapel (from yesterday's post) for a sun break. In case you don't know, it can take a really long time to set up a movie shot. You go Sam. Always my [movie] hero.


Jacob said...

One of the things I like about your blog is that I learn something new every day!

That is a very white stadium. -:) And yes, I'd guess it can get very, very hot!

Is it still used for military formations, parades, games, etc.?

Randy said...

Interesting piece of history.

cieldequimper said...

I may have seen the movie, if I have, I don't remember it. Beautiful stadium, so unexpected. It almost looks like a bullfight arena entrance.

LD said...

Cheers to Sam Elliott and humble gratitude to the fallen WW I soldiers. What a grisly war that was. Thanks for the photo - didn't know that place existed

bfarr said...

Jacob, thank you. I try to share more than just photos if I can. The stadium is still used for sporting events, etc.

Ciel, the movie starred Mel Gibbs with Barry Pepper, Madeline(sp) Stowe and others.

Don said...

I was there as pastor of this chapel from 1985 to 1990 as a lieutenant colonel, chaplain U.S. Army. We used to do 2 mile run every morning in the track inside that stadium