FRIENDLY FIRE -- American Military on Patrol in the Philippines
Here we have three typical US Military guys (apparently named Moe, Larry, and Curly) who are honorably serving their country by doing their "soldier thing" overseas --- seen here protecting the free world, advancing the Ideals of Democracy, defending the Free Market system, securing an uninterrupted supply of Philippine Bananas for the USA, and leaving behind 1000's of fatherless children.
The bottle of booze at their feet probably has something to do with their demonstration of strict adherence to firearm protocol.
This is a ca.1899-1900 Spanish-American War (or Philippine-American War) era photo from the Manila Branch Studio of Japanese photographer T. ENAMI. I have posted a lot of ENAMI images from Japan, but Enami was also active in The Philippines and Hong Kong.
In his Yokohama studio, he offered views of both of these places, as well as views from Singapore and many places in China. Along with K. OGAWA, Enami was probably one of the most well-traveled and industrious Japanese photographers of both the Meiji and Taisho eras....and until recently, totally left out of every major Japanese Photo History published in the West.
For another ENAMI STUDIO shot of American Boys in the Philippines, see : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2448914917/
For more about T. ENAMI see : www.t-enami.org/
For more on America's little war against the people of the Philippines : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine-American_War
RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/