Marine's .45 Shot by Sniper on Iwo Jima

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Marine's .45 Shot by Sniper on Iwo Jima

Post by FishingBuds » 24 Feb 2011, 16:06

Got This in my email today



One of the older technicians at work was telling me a story today about a pistol that was in his in-laws family.

He tells me that his wife's late father, who was a marine in the battle of Iwo Jima, had brought back his pistol from the war. I'm thinking, ok must be a nice old 1911 model, one that has probably seen more than a few soldiers hands. then comes the rest of the story.

Turns out that the guy's father in law, had a camera with him in his sack, and had taken some pictures of when they raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi. He submitted his photo, but it was not chosen as the one that is now famous. The family still has this picture hanging in their living room.

A few days after the flag raising, the Japanese attacked the marines, and another fight broke out. As they are in the middle of everything, a Japanese sniper takes a shot at him. The bullet hits him in the right wrist, and hits his gun hanging from his belt. The round, after completely disabling his right hand, penetrates his leather pistol holster, and embeds itself into the slide of his 1911. fragments from the round penetrate through the other side of the holster, and into his leg, injuring him further. The marine was able to get to the medic, where he was then evacuated to care for his injuries.

So the technician asks me if I would like to see it. After telling him the obvious, he calls his wife's brother and asks if he could bring it up to the shop.

Here are the pictures I took after listening to the same story again from the Marine's son. (it was a good story, I had no problem listening twice.)



I asked him if he would mind me posting them on here, as long as I blocked out the serial number. He said go right ahead.

Although I had to blur out the serial #, it fell into the early/mid 600,000 range. Found this Colt: S/N 450,000 to 629,500 = Oct. 24, 1918 to April 10, 1919





The Marine's name was Horace Arthur Smith "Arty". he passed away 3 years ago.


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Post by nathanielrthomas » 24 Feb 2011, 16:15

Great story!! Thank you for posting..

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Post by Henry Hefner » 24 Feb 2011, 16:42

Great story and great pictures! :USA1:

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Post by FishingCop » 25 Feb 2011, 01:09

one of the mods should move this up to Watering Hole - it would get more views and doesn't really belong in the funny joke section IMO.... great story :) :USA1:
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Post by Captain Ahab » 25 Feb 2011, 05:44

FishingCop wrote:one of the mods should move this up to Watering Hole - it would get more views and doesn't really belong in the funny joke section IMO.... great story :) :USA1:
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Post by Decatur » 25 Feb 2011, 08:42

Thanks for sharing!
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Post by perchin » 25 Feb 2011, 09:03

That's an incredible story... thanks for sharing this =D>

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Post by Brine » 25 Feb 2011, 09:44

:USA1:

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Post by FishingBuds » 25 Feb 2011, 09:53

FishingCop wrote:one of the mods should move this up to Watering Hole - it would get more views and doesn't really belong in the funny joke section IMO.... great story :) :USA1:
It was no disrespect, it was a story sent to me that I felt to share and IMO i posted it in the "Short Stories and Humor" section

so its all good 8)
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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 25 Feb 2011, 10:17

That gun and holster should be in a museum.
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Post by bcritch » 25 Feb 2011, 10:51

Awesome story :USA1:

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Post by MARINE0341 » 25 Feb 2011, 12:01

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Post by dougdad » 26 Feb 2011, 18:50

Great story! :USA1:
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Post by one100grand » 28 Feb 2011, 00:11

Great story & photos
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Post by lswoody » 28 Feb 2011, 18:43

That is pretty cool!!!!

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