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    Mystery solved: Woman on WWII vet's gun ID'd

    Mystery solved: Woman on WWII vet's gun ID'd | Local News | Star-Telegram.com

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    Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler spent much of early Friday morning on the phone, talking to people about the Case of the Dark-Haired Beauty on the .45 Pistol.

    But none of the callers could answer Fowlerís questions about the seized weapon ó who was the woman in the photos beneath the pistolís custom plexiglass grips and who was the gunís owner?

    Then, about mid-morning, an emotional Jim Morris called from his home in Stephenville with a story about a Nebraska girl who met a young officer from Texas and sent him off to fight the Germans.

    Within a few hours, the case was solved.

    "I have no doubt itís his pistol," Fowler said. "Itís a great ending to a mystery."

    Morris, 62, can hardly believe that he opened his morning Star-Telegram and saw his fatherís service weapon and his motherís picture, in the hands of the Parker County sheriff. He had all but given up hope he would see it again.

    "Nothing in this world that I owned had more sentimental value to me," he said. "That gun meant the world to me. It means the world to me. I was in tears when I read that article."

    Last October, someone stole three guns from Morrisí house, including his fatherís .45-caliber Army pistol. He filed a police report with Stephenville but did not have the serial numbers.

    Two months later, sheriffís deputies in Parker County seized the weapon while executing a search warrant at a house near Azle. But because the serial number wasnít in a crime database, they didnít know to whom it belonged. They put it in a property room, where Fowler ó a history buff ó found it this month and renewed a search for the rightful owner.

    Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, James L. Morris ó born in Palestine, reared in Maypearl ó dropped out of the Texas Tech University engineering program and enlisted in the Army. The Army sent him to officer candidate school in Virginia.

    There he met Velma Cashatt, a girl from Harrison, Neb., who had gone to Washington, D.C., to work for the government during the war.

    They married before he shipped out with the 82nd Engineer Combat Battalion, which landed at Omaha Beach two weeks after D-Day. Morris served as the battalionís executive officer and later its commanding officer as the unit fought through France and Germany in 1944 and í45, including the Battle of the Bulge.

    "He got to see a lot of the horrors of that time," his son said.

    The custom, plexiglass hand grips came from the windshield of a crashed German bomber.

    "His men took that windshield out and made those grips for his weapon," Jim Morris said. "They really admired him."

    His father died last September at the age of 89. His mother died in 2005.

    About 10 years before his father died, Jim Morris, a retired Navy chief petty officer, asked him for the gun. After losing it for nine months, he plans to drive to Weatherford on Tuesday to retrieve it and thank Fowler.

    "I never thought I would see it again," he said. "My son will get it when I pass away."

    Fowler, for his part, isnít quite done with the case.

    "I expect Iíll be filing charges of possession of stolen property on the guy who had it," he said.
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    What a great story and happy ending.
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    Always nice to see a happy ending.
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    Great story and a lesson learned. always keep a copy of your serial numbers.
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    Man, that teared me up
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    Wow,that's a great example of a good man in that Sheriff. I'd like to shake his hand and buy him dinner sometime.
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    What a great ending to an interesting mystery.
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    Wow! Words just don't cover this one quite right. Glad his fathers gun got around to finding him. Those are the kind of guns that pick the owners, contrary to the normal way of things. I remember the thread running somewhere a while back for helping them find the owner. Great ending to a great story.
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    That story made my night!
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    That's incredible!
    It is utterly illogical to believe that passing laws to reduce gun violence will be successful when those who are commiting the gun violence do not obey the law.

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    I love a happy ending!

    Here's the original thread for reference:

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    Do service men now get to keep their service weapons??

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    I wish!!! I been in 3 different services, and carried 3 different weapons,
    M16A2, M4/M203, and the M9. That would be awesome, but no we dont get to keep our service weapons.

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    Great story. The sheriff is one heck of a man for what he did.
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    Excellent story indeed!
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