Memorial Day

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Memorial Day
MemorialDay.jpg
Official Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Samuel Fischer
Release Date 2011
Language English
Studio PFI
Distributor Imagine Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
SSG. Kyle Vogel Johnathan Bennett
Bud Vogel James Cromwell
Lieutenant Bud Vogel John Cromwell
Kyle Vogel Jackson Bond


Memorial Day is a 2011 war drama that focuses on the experiences of two American soldiers serving in two different wars. On Memorial Day, 1993, 13-year old Kyle Vogel (Jackson Bond) discovers the footlocker of his grandfather Bud (James Cromwell), a World War II veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Division, and the young Kyle convinces the reluctant Bud to open up about his war experiences. A decade later, Kyle is a Staff Sergeant in the 34th Infantry Division serving in Iraq. Wounded by an IED, he starts reflecting on the stories of his grandfather and his own combat experiences. In the flashbacks to World War II, Bud is portrayed by John Cromwell, the real life son of James Cromwell.


The following weapons were used in the film Memorial Day:

Contents


Handguns

Walther P38

A Walther P38 plays a significant part in the film. The pistol is first glimpsed when shown as one of the souvenirs found in Bud Vogel's footlocker in 1993. When his grandson Kyle (Jackson Bond) calls the pistol a "Luger", Bud accurately corrects him by identifying the pistol as a Walther P38.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
SSG Kyle Vogel (Johnathan Bennett) pulls a Walther P38 out of its holster.
In 1993, Bud Vogel (James Cromwell) holds the P38. He accurately states that the pistol is a Walther P38 instead of a Luger.
Kyle Vogel (Jackson Bond) with the P38 in 1993.
Lieutenant Bud Vogel (John Cromwell) holds the P38 during his service in World War II.

Springfield Armory M1911A1

Lieutenant Bud Vogel (John Cromwell) carries what appears to be a Springfield Armory M1911A1 during his World War II service. A Springfield Armory version of the M1911A1 is a modernized version of the original M1911A1.

Springfield Armory GI 1911 A1 - .45 ACP
Lieutenant Bud Vogel (John Cromwell) draws his M1911A1. John Cromwell is the son of actor James Cromwell.
Close-up of the M1911A1. "Springfield Armory" can be clearly read on the slide.

Beretta 92FS

An Iraqi Insurgent carries a Beretta 92FS.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
A US Soldier pulls a Beretta 92FS out of an incapacitated insurgent's waistband.
The Beretta in the sand.

Submachine Guns

M1A1 Thompson

An M1A1 Thompson is used by Lieutenant Bud Vogel (John Cromwell) while serving in the 82nd Airborne during World War II.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Lieutenant Bud Vogel (John Cromwell) with his M1A1 Thompson while serving in the 82nd Airborne during World War II.
Vogel's Thompson slung around his back.
Vogel with his Thompson.
Vogel takes position with his Thompson.
Aiming the Thompson.
An M1A1 Thompson is fired by Lieutenant Bud Vogel (John Cromwell)

MP40

Several German soldiers carry the MP40.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A wounded German soldier with his MP40.
A German officer runs into battle.
The officer fires his MP40.
See above.

Rifles

M4A1 Carbine

SSG. Kyle Vogel (Johnathan Bennett) and most of his squad carry the M4A1 Carbine during their tour of duty in Iraq, fitted with M68 Aimpoint scopes, AN/PEQ-2 and AN/PEQ-15 IR Designators and RIS foregrip. Some of the soldiers have M203 grenade launchers underneath their M4A1s.

Colt M4A1 Carbine with M68 Aimpoint reflex optic and Knight's Armament RAS railed handguard and vertical forward grip - 5.56x45mm
SSG. Kyle Vogel (Johnathan Bennett) aims his M4A1 Carbine, fitted with M68 Aimpoint, AN/PEQ-2 IR and RIS foregrip.
Specialist Josh Berg (Chris LeFevere) on watch with his M4A1 Carbine.
Derek Lodermeier (Corby Kelly) with his M4A1 Carbine.
SSG. Vogel and Lodermeier with M4A1 Carbines.
Closeup of the M4A1 Carbine fitted with an M68 Aimpoint, AN/PEQ-15 IR Designator and M203 Grenade Launcher.
Vogel and his M4A1 covered with dust after a suicide bomb explodes.
A US Soldier fires his M4A1 during a gun battle with insurgents.
SSG. Vogel takes down an insurgent.
A disassembled M4A1 Carbine.
SSG. Vogel aims his M4A1 Carbine during a night ambush.

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is the main weapon of Lieutenant Vogel's platoon during World War II, most notably Gorski (Reed Sigmund) and Frankie Califano (Aaron Courteau).

M1 Garand - 30.06
A paratrooper aims his M1 Garand at a wounded German.
Gorski (Reed Sigmund) aims his M1 Garand.
Frankie Califano (Aaron Courteau) trains his M1 on a wounded German.
A paratrooper opens up with his M1.
A paratrooper fires his Garand.
Two soldiers firing their M1s.
Califano takes down a German with his M1.
A young paratrooper on patrol.
A soldier fires his M1.
A paratrooper trains his rifle on a German prisoner.

M1 Carbine

Several paratroopers carry a full-length M1 Carbine with an anachronistic bayonet lug.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
A full-length M1 Carbine can be seen slung around the back of a soldier.
A cigar-chomping Radioman with a full-length Carbine.

M1A1 Carbine

Several soldiers in Lieutenant Vogel's platoon carry the M1A1 Carbine, once again fitted with a bayonet lug.

M1A1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
A paratrooper trains his M1A1 Carbine on a wounded German.
A paratrooper fires his Carbine.
Squeezing off rounds. Note the anachronistic bayonet lug.
A paratrooper opens up on a German column with his Carbine.

AKM

Iraqi Security Forces and Insurgents are armed with AKM rifles.

AKM - 7.92x39mm
An AKM on the back of an ISF soldier.
An insurgent carrying an AKM is shot dead.

AMD-65

Iraqi insurgents carry Hungarian AMD-65 rifles.

Hungarian AMD-65 - 7.62x39mm
A downed insurgent with an AMD-65.
An AMD-65 next to a killed insurgent.

Norinco Type 56

An Iraqi Security Force soldier carries a Norinco Type 56.

Norinco Type 56 - 7.92x39mm
An ISF soldier carrying a Norinco Type 56.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers are armed with the Karabiner 98k.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers with Karabiner 98k rifles.
A German fires his 98k.
A German soldier fires from an SdKfz 251 Halftrack.
German soldiers jump from a truck under fire.
A German soldier fires his rifle.
A Hitler Youth soldier (Jasper Morgan) with a Karabiner 98k.

FG 42

A German soldier can be seen firing an FG 42 during the Battle of the Bulge.

FG 42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier fires his FG 42.
Close-up of the barrel.

Sturmgewehr 44

Several German soldiers carry the Sturmgewehr 44.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
A German soldier fires a Sturmgewehr 44.
A Sturmgewehr 44 lying next to a dead Waffen-SS soldier.

Machine Guns

Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2

Strangely a paratrooper uses a Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 with the bipod removed during the Battle of the Bulge. In reality the 82nd Airborne never was equipped with the BAR as it was too big and could not be broken down.

Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
A paratrooper fires his Browning Automatic Rifle.
The BAR in action.

M249E2 SAW

PFC Nick Sullivan (Thomas Sellwood) carries an M249E2 SAW with a custom picatinny rail during his tour in Iraq.

M249 SAW current version - 5.56x45mm
PFC Nick Sullivan (Thomas Sellwood) with his M249E2 SAW.
PFC Sullivan running into battle.
Sullivan fires his SAW.
Sullivan with his SAW during house-to-house fighting.

M240B

An M240B is seen mounted on a US Army Humvee.

M240B - 7.62x51mm NATO
An M240B mounted on a US Army Humvee.

Browning M1919A4

An 82nd Airborne Machine Gun crew use a Browning M1919A4 mounted on an M2 tripod to fend off a German attack during the Battle of the Bulge.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield
A paratrooper machine gun crew open up with a Browning M1919A4.
The .30 Cal spitting out rounds.

Browning M2HB

A Browning M2HB is seen mounted on a US Army Humvee in Iraq. A quad-mounted M51 can also be seen on a US Army Halftrack in the Bulge.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
A Browning M2HB mounted on a US Army Humvee.
Browning M2HB's in M51 Quad Mounted System - .50 BMG
An M51 mounted on an M5 Halftrack.

MG34

A German soldier can be seen with an MG34 during the Battle of the Bulge.

MG34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier is shot whilst carrying an MG34.

MG42

The MG42 is used by German foot soldiers, and mounted on the Kubelwagen jeep and SdKfz 251 Halftrack.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92mm Mauser
An MG42 mounted on a Kubelwagen.
German soldiers fire an MG42 from a tree stump.
Reloading the MG42.
The MG42 mounted on the front and back of the SdKfz 251 Halftrack.
The MG42 mounted in the rear of the Halftrack.
A German soldier fires the rear MG42.

Launchers

M203 Grenade Launcher

Several US soldiers in Iraq have the M203 Grenade Launcher attached to their M4A1 Carbines.

M203 Grenade Launcher - 40x46mm
M4A1 Carbine - 5.56x45mm - with M68 Aimpoint and M203 Grenade Launcher mounted - 40x46mm
Closeup of an M203 Grenade Launcher on an M4A1 Carbine.
A US soldier with an M4A1 Carbine and M203 Grenade Launcher.

M136 AT4

An M136 AT4 can be seen in an ISF recruiting base.

M136 AT4 - 84mm
An M136 AT4 next to an Iraqi flag.

Panzerfaust

A Hitler Youth soldier (Jasper Morgan) can be briefly seen with a Panzerfaust.

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
A Hitler Youth soldier (Jasper Morgan) with a Panzerfaust.

RPG-7

An Iraqi insurgent can be seen with an RPG-7.

RPG-7 - 40mm
An Iraqi insurgent with an RPG-7 walks into a night ambush.
The RPG next to its wounded owner.

Grenades

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Gorski (Reed Sigmund) uses a Mk 2 Hand Grenade to take out a German machine gun crew.

Mk 2 High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Gorski (Reed Sigmund) readies a Mk 2 Hand Grenade.

Gammon Grenade

An 82nd Division paratrooper uses a Gammon Grenade to take out a German antitank gun crew. Someone must have been playing Medal of Honor: Airborne while writing this movie.

No 82 Gammon Grenade
A US soldier pulls out a No 82 Gammon Grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

A German soldier uses a Model 24 Stielhandgranate during the Battle of the Bulge. Bud Vogel refers to it as a "Potato Masher" when recounting the story to his grandson.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
A German soldier arms a Model 24 Stielhandgranate.
The Grenade in the snow.



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