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Photo B0104: 1SG Robert Wilson of Houston, Texas and 1LT Pitt Watts of Orange, Virginia, both of Alpha Company 720th MP Battalion, 4th Army, III Corps engage in conversation as they decorate the company bulletin board in their cantonment on 22 December 1962. The troops assigned to the civil rights riot suppression and security duty at the State University in Oxford, Mississippi during the Christmas and New Years holiday season were billeted in small tent cities at the National Guard Armory and Municipal Airport. With Oxford off limits to all troops except those on official business, the troops were restricted to their cantonment during the Christmas and New Years holiday season. Official U.S. Army Photograph, courtesy of the Birmingham, Alabama News Newspaper, page 9-D, 23 December 1962 edition.

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