I was in Howard for the annual Memorial Day ceremonies at the cemetery.
The ceremony was whipped by some high winds that affected the ability to hear the speakers and a sudden rain toward the ending caused some commotion but all in all, a nice ceremony. My estimate was about 125 people attended.
Although it was not known initially as the Wilhelm Scream, the scream was created in 1951 by Sheb Wooley aka Ben Colder.
A few years later he had the Purple People Eater hit song of the late fifties and was a star of Rawhide. Plus he had a long string of parody hits through the 90s. He created the scream for the Gary Cooper movie Distant Drums, which was filmed in the Florida Everglades with the Seminole Indians and the alligators as the bad guys. It was used several times in this movie.
The scream was used verbatim in another movie and then used again in Charge at Feather River, starring Guy Madison, then televisionís Wild Bill Hickok. In this movie, a Private Wilhelm was shot in the thigh with an arrow and the scream was dubbed into his voice. Later in the movie another soldier was shot and uttered the exact same scream. Then an Indian was killed and had the same scream. No one seemed to notice including us kids who were really too busy dodging the arrows and lances coming into the audience in this 3D movie.
Thereafter, whenever a producer needed a scream he called for the Wilhelm Scream.
The scream has been dubbed into over 200 movies.
Short demo with Charge at Feather River as the lead off: