Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by lionking, Dec 17, 2006.
But in WW2, everyone was involved, abroad and on the home front, my dad and all my uncles were in it for the long haul. There was no one year tour of duty then, you were there until it was finished, no matter long it was going to take.
One uncle started in North Africa, landed at Ansio, then in Normandy, was on his was to Japan when they dropped the big on on Hiroshima. He was a front line troop and never got a scatch, pretty amazing, but saw lots of buddies killed and injured.
My dad was in the artillary, and after the war, never wanted to see a gun again.
I have a request. Several years ago, I read (in the American Rifleman I think) a letter a GI who had been in Korea wrote. It was a thank you letter to J. Garand for inventing the weapon. The GI had been under night attack and used the Garand so much and so fast that the bore was completely gone at daylight and it had gotten so hot the upper handguard was charred and crumbled off the M1.
Does anybody have a copy of that or a link to it or know where it might be found? TIA.
Thank you very much for shareng those!
Of course now you realize that I have to go and buy another M1 which I really can't afford.
I particularly like the picture of the GI holding the M1 and the dog. The imagery in that picture really brings it home regarding what is right about Americans.
I also found it interesting that the black combat unit had an 03-A3 present. Of course the standard '03 saw plenty of combat in the hands of Marines in the Pacific early on, but I've heard a couple folks vehemently argue that the 03-A3 was a rear with the gear weapon and never saw combat. While that might be true in most cases, it appears this one unit had at least one 03-A3.
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