National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier 2569548 / Local Identifier 111-TV-278 Big Picture: Pictorial Report Number 9 DVD copied by Katie Filbert. Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984). Here is a pictorial report covering two subjects, both of which have been very skillfully handled and which should create considerable interest to viewers. The first subject pertains to the educational facilities provided by the Army for the children of American servicemen in Germany. Since the end of hostilities in World War II, quite a few members of the Army who go overseas are permitted to take their families along with them. Furthermore, the Army sees to it that the children in these families are provided with an adequate American-type of education. As the report unfolds, it becomes clearly evident that the kind of educational opportunities offered overseas are of the highest standards. The second report is in the form of a letter from a mother of an American soldier inspired after she had visited her son at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It is an exceptional letter, picked from a great many written by civilians to military commanders. It is a mother's feelings, expressed very well, very simply and honestly. Granted permission to quote her own words, Mrs. Charles Porter Atherton of Exeter, New Hampshire, was invited to re-visit Fort Bragg so that THE BIG PICTURE camera might photograph her tour. The result is an impressive film report which shows not only the deep affection of a mother for her son, but a fine understanding of the role her son must play in the defense of his country.
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