Original 8 mm film of Marilyn Monroe visiting Army troops in South Korea in February of 1954. The film is housed on its 5″ reel and was shot at the US Army Air Base Yang Gu in South Korea by 1st Lieutenant William G. Johnson of the 24th Infantry Division, Air Section, and himself a Bronze Star recipient. Film is approximately 90 seconds in length and was shot during three different portions of Monroe’s visit. The film opens with Marilyn arriving at the base by helicopter and being greeted by several officers and escorted away from the chopper. Film then segues into Monroe in the mess hall having breakfast with several soldiers, and finishes with the actress getting into a car and being driven away, but not before blowing a kiss to the camera. In fine condition.
After spending her honeymoon in Japan with new husband Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn took a detour to Korea to entertain the troops. As part of the USO tour, she performed ten shows in four days to approximately 100,000 servicemen. She charmed the soldiers with her dancing and singing, including ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.’ She not only performed, but visited several hospitals as well. Later Monroe recalled that the trip ‘was the best thing that ever happened to me.’ While professional footage of Marilyn is available to the public, personal film of her visit is seldom-seen, the example offered here has never been made available before. RR Auction COA.