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    A WW2 Marine’s 1911 from Iwo Jima:

    Now. Let me get this out there before the Internet fact checkers start their usual diatribe.
    This story is 5 years old.
    I read it on the Internet and found it interesting enough to share.
    No, I was not on Iwo Jima.
    No, I did not know the owner.
    So. it's sort of like I heard it from a friend of a friends cousin.
    Enough bases covered?



    BTW - more photos at the link

    A WW2 Marine’s 1911 from Iwo Jima:
    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 wifes 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 wifes 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.“ (again , story is 5 years old)


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    I found this story on the innert00bs while harvesting 1911 porn - what an amazing piece of Marine Corps history! A WW2 Marine's 1911 from Iwo Jima: "One of the older technicians at work was telling me...

    #2
    Nice story. One of these days, I'll find a nice vintage 1911 while I'm holding on to some discretionary income.

    Growing up in Whitestone, Queens, my next door neighbor was a Marine on Iwo Jimo. I don't know if he ever came home with any cool guns, but I do know he came home minus 2 legs.

    He was a nice man with a nice family. His son was a Chopper pilot in Viet Nam.

    Over the years, I tried Facebook and Google searches to look up the family, but I had no luck.
    Last edited by PeterGunn; 02-15-2020, 03:22 PM.

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      #3
      How's it shoot ?

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        #4
        Needs a Kero bath.
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          #5
          Great story.

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            #6
            If the family is willing I would suggest they contact the National WW2 Museum and see about loaning that pistol to put on display for others to appreciate.
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              #7
              I’d bet Rrudo74901 already has one. Maybe Dan too, but definitely Ray.

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