Bitter Sweet a new rifle


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bigjim
March 5, 2006, 04:37 PM
Manuel Guttierrez 82 years old. Born to dirt poor share cropper Mexican Immigrants. He lived in Texas until he left during WW2 to fight for his country. A country that did not always want him nearly as much as he wanted it.

He fought with his back like so many Minority Soldiers. Not considered fit for duty using a rifle, he loaded ships in the sun and heat. Day after day, week after week, month after month. Over 60 years ago and he can still tell you how much that ammo weighed. You don't have to ask.... you can look at his hunched back and twisted limbs to see it for your self.

Today he gave me his rifle. Told me he would not be shooting it any more. In fact over the last year or so my father inlaw has been quietly handing me things a man values. He hands me things that have marked the passage of time for him. We both know what he is planning for. He knows what happens to old Soldiers. He knows because he is the last one left. His entire unit, all but him are dead and gone. So he is passing on his last load of guns and ammo.

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MrTwigg
March 5, 2006, 05:01 PM
Show honor and respect to his rifle and his spirit. He served and sacrificed as all soldiers do. Hand it down when your time comes.

U.S.SFC_RET
March 5, 2006, 09:58 PM
He definitely honored you hombre by giving you that gun and you honered him by taking it. My respect Sir.

4v50 Gary
March 5, 2006, 10:03 PM
Please pass my appreciation onto Senor Manuel Guttierrez for his service to our nation. Be sure to write down all his stories now (or video tape him) and that sticks with the rifle. The Texas State Archives may be interested in a copy of his story.

xring44
March 5, 2006, 10:10 PM
A very touching story, I feel the pain of knowing time is growing short for a respected friend, father in law, person. I can only hope that when my time is short, he who recieves these ole guns of mine has the feelings for them that you obviously do.

gbran
March 5, 2006, 10:19 PM
At 82, he's lived a long life and it sounds like he knows that, but it still hurts to know the time is nearing. I went thru this with my father in law, who also had an honored place in WWII history. The title you chose for this post is quite appropriate.

Tokugawa
March 6, 2006, 12:00 AM
True honor seems to be a rare commodity these days- thanks for sharing.

homeka45
March 6, 2006, 12:04 AM
My gratitude to your father-in-law for his service. You honor us by sharing his story. Cherish his memory along with his rifle.

2400
March 6, 2006, 11:29 AM
WOW...
You are fortunate to have him in your life. He sounds like someone I'd really like to know. Please shake his hand for me and tell him THANK YOU.

3rdpig
March 6, 2006, 11:56 AM
My thanks to him for his fine service. The men who served in WWII, even if they just loaded ammo on ships, are giants in my opinion.

It's painful I know, a good friend of mine who served in WWII and Korea as a doctor who was often on the front lines died just a couple of weeks ago. He had given me two of his personal weapons before he died.

It seems we're losing the "greatest generation" to time and I'm wondering what the world will be like without them and how we'll ever replace them.

Rich K
March 6, 2006, 03:39 PM
My thanks to Senor Gutierrez for his ervice, and a salute to an honorable man. Cherish him while he is still here, and honor him when he is gone. My respects, sir.

slabsides
March 7, 2006, 08:32 PM
I salute you and your father-in-law! As long as we remember and value the work and sacrifice of that generation, our country will not fail.
Hail, and farewell, hombre! We owe our freedoms to the work of your hands!

1911Tuner
March 7, 2006, 08:55 PM
Salute! Well done, sir.

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