Sculptor Felix de Weldon working on the plaster model of the US Marine Corps War Memorial, circa 1954, photo 5 of 7

Caption   Sculptor Felix de Weldon working on the plaster model of the US Marine Corps War Memorial, circa 1954, photo 5 of 7 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Marine Corps John C. McQueen Collection
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Photos at Same Place United States
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 28 Aug 2014

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1. Anonymous says:
16 Sep 2018 02:02:19 PM

Sculptor should have done better research. WWII M-1 Carbines did not have provision for a bayonet.
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
22 Sep 2018 07:14:42 PM

Anonymous (above):
The error of the bayonet lugs on the rifles in the Marine Corps Memorial has been well known since shortly after the monument was unveiled in 1954. After the contract was approved in 1951, the sculptor, Felix de Weldon, asked the Marine Corps for proper equipment so he could faithfully recreate it and the Marine Corps provided him with a 1950s carbine, complete with bayonet lug. The Marine Corps has long acknowledged that this was their error and not the sculptor’s.

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