Soldiers assisting with the disposition of bodies of victims of the 1935 hurricane - Snake Creek, Florida

Soldiers assisting with the disposition of bodies of victims of the 1935 hurricane - Snake Creek, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/38358
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Title

  • Soldiers assisting with the disposition of bodies of victims of the 1935 hurricane - Snake Creek, Florida

Image Number

  • RC17063

Year

  • 1935

Series Title

General Note

  • After the big storm, active Army units were assigned to search the shoreline, tidal creeks, and other likely areas where bodies might have been blown or washed up in the final stages of the hurricane. World War I veterans in a rehabilitation camp, a remnant of the Bonus Army that marched on Washington, were employed for highway construction in the federal work relief project when they perished. The crude boxes are makeshift caskets, containing bodies for cremation. Servicemen on the right stand ready for a final salute to veterans who died in the hurricane. Religious services were performed by Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish clergy. The bodies of over 250 veterans were cremated on the banks of Snake Creek, between Islamorada and Tavernier.

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 06397.

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