Old Photos: Kansas City ROTC Ball 1945

As a veteran of the Cold War from way back, I am always happy to congratulate the American Veterans with their day. Last year I wrote about Bert Berkley – a local Jewish Veteran and a Civic Leader. This year I hope you will enjoy a set of old photos taken at the ROTC ball in Kansas City in 1945.

As always, if you recognize people and names in these photos, I’d be happy to hear from you. As unlikely as it sounds it had happened at least twice before. One of the images below is of Robert E. Arfsten – a long time owner of the Dime Store in Brookside.

Teenager Joanne Warren, wearing a strapless evening gown, sitting at dressing table mirror making final adjustments before her date. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Cadet William Ackenhauser helping his date Joanne Warren put on her coat at home as he prepares to take her to the school military ball where she is to be crowned queen of the occasion. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Teenage couples sharing a dinner party before going to the high school military ball. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Queen of the high school military ball, Joanne Warren, having dinner before going to the ball. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Teenage couples participating in the grand march at the high school military ball. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Southwest High School ROTC cadet Lieutenant William Ackenhauser beginning the first dance with his date Joanne Warren (C) who is queen at the school's ROTC ball. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

ROTC cadets, with their dates, forming an archway of raised swords over an aisle leading to throne where Joanne Warren, Queen of the ROTC ball, sits with her two female attendants during coronation ceremony in the school's gym. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Queen Joanne Warren being crowned at the ROTC military ball, as other young couple smile in approval. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Teenagers dancing at the high school military ball. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Southwest High School ROTC cadet Bob Arfsten dancing with Janice Kollmann at their military ball. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

ROTC cadet Lieutenant William Ackenhauser dancing with his date Joanne Warren after she was crowned queen at the school's ROTC ball. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Young couple sharing a dance at the ROTC military ball. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

Southwest HS ROTC cadet Jerry Kreeger dancing w. Jo Putney at their military ball. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

ROTC cadet Lieutenant William Ackenhauser snuggling in front seat of car with his date Joanne Warren, with tray attached to the vehicle's open window at the Nu-Drive-In restaurant. ©Time Inc.Myron Davis

  • I Travel for JOOLS

    Love the  clothes and the nostalgia and the fact I didn’t see one nose ring.