November 07, 2018

25 Vintage Photos of Military Life in San Antonio

San Antonio is proud to be Military City, USA. And we have the proof! Check out these vintage photos of military life, with some photos dating back to the late 1800s!

Photos courtesy of UTSA Libraries Digital Collections
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In this 1937 photo, soldiers headed out to Leon Springs to practice maneuvering the machine gun in the back in the truck.
In this 1937 photo, soldiers headed out to Leon Springs to practice maneuvering the machine gun in the back in the truck.
Military police at Fort Sam Houston had some fun. A soldier demonstrated the jeep's ability to jump in this photo from 1941.
Military police at Fort Sam Houston had some fun. A soldier demonstrated the jeep's ability to jump in this photo from 1941.
Back in 1948, the Air Force tested out tropical uniforms for 60 days to determine their practicality. Based on the chanclas, we're gonna say they didn't last long.
Back in 1948, the Air Force tested out tropical uniforms for 60 days to determine their practicality. Based on the chanclas, we're gonna say they didn't last long.
With San Antonio being the gateway to the Air Force, it makes sense that lots of cool things happen in the sky here. In this 1929 photo, enlisted men can be seen jumping out of these small planes, trying to prove how easy it is to use paratroops during battle.
With San Antonio being the gateway to the Air Force, it makes sense that lots of cool things happen in the sky here. In this 1929 photo, enlisted men can be seen jumping out of these small planes, trying to prove how easy it is to use paratroops during battle.
While military bases are all around town, San Antonio's nickname is strengthened by a military presence at every level. In this 1949 picture, a student rifle team at the Texas Military Institute is practicing for competition.
While military bases are all around town, San Antonio's nickname is strengthened by a military presence at every level. In this 1949 picture, a student rifle team at the Texas Military Institute is practicing for competition.
San Antonio is all about showing its pride in being Military City USA. Here's a group of soldiers marching in the 1940 National Defense Week military parade.
San Antonio is all about showing its pride in being Military City USA. Here's a group of soldiers marching in the 1940 National Defense Week military parade.
If you've been to the Menger Hotel or Menger Bar, you know President Teddy Roosevelt spent some time in San Antonio. Here he is in 1898 as lieutenant colonel of his famous Rough Riders.
If you've been to the Menger Hotel or Menger Bar, you know President Teddy Roosevelt spent some time in San Antonio. Here he is in 1898 as lieutenant colonel of his famous Rough Riders.
Military police at Fort Sam Houstonwere super excited about their new jeep, as you can see in this 1941 picture.
Military police at Fort Sam Houstonwere super excited about their new jeep, as you can see in this 1941 picture.
Crews at Kelly AFB has a hunk of work to do to prepare this B-29 for flight. Back when this picture was taken in 1948, the planes were being ready to be used for training missions.
Crews at Kelly AFB has a hunk of work to do to prepare this B-29 for flight. Back when this picture was taken in 1948, the planes were being ready to be used for training missions.
He's beauty and he's grace. He's...a bugler player from 1925.
He's beauty and he's grace. He's...a bugler player from 1925.