September 21st, 2008 02:34 PM
Man, that's the good stuff
Man Hunts Down Dad's Long-Lost Korean War Rifle
Saturday, September 20, 2008
DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — As gifts go, Jim Richardson's choice for his father's 79th birthday was a long shot.
Virgil Richardson fondly remembered the .30-caliber M1 Garand rifle he carried during his time as a soldier during the Korean War.
He even still had the weapon's serial number.
Using that number, Jim Richardson went online and found the firearm at a Kentucky gun broker.
"I couldn't even talk when he gave it to me," Virgil Richardson told The Flint Journal. "It didn't even have to be the same gun to be important to me."
About 7 million of the sturdy rifles were produced during the Korean War period, making the odds of finding the right one so long that the broker didn't believe the serial number matched, said Jim Richardson, 54, of Saginaw County's Frankenmuth, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit.
"After the war, the soldiers couldn't bring the rifles back with them," Jim Richardson said. "They stayed in Korea (until the 1980s), when they were able to be imported back to the United States."
He won't say exactly how much he spent, but some collectors have paid as much as $3,000. He gave the Garand to his father last week, although the elder Richardson's birthday isn't until next month.
Virgil Richardson served from 1951-53 as an Army radio operator in the 25th Infantry Division. When he speaks of the war, the General Motors Corp. retiree often mentions the rifle's accuracy and dependability, as well as his own marksmanship.
"My sister lives in the country, and it came up that you could shoot a deer right from the deck of her home," Jim Richardson said. "Dad made a comment that he could hit a silhouette target at 500 yards without a scope. Most people can't see that far without a scope."
Virgil Richardson said he'll wait until his Oct. 26 birthday to shoot the weapon.
"What shocked me the most is how very heavy it is," he said. "I have trouble now holding it up and aiming it. I guess they were made for 20- and 21-year-olds."
That's good stuff!!
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier
and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the
service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the
love and thanks of man and woman."
-- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)
September 21st, 2008 02:40 PM
Awesome story, and what a needle-in-a-haystack situation. Thanks for posting it.
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September 21st, 2008 03:57 PM
Amazing for sure...enjoy Oct. 26th...
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September 21st, 2008 04:10 PM
Those are the kind of things the rest of us can only dream of happening.
September 21st, 2008 08:54 PM
Great Story. Bet shooting it again will make him feel 21 years old for at least a moment.
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September 22nd, 2008 12:42 AM
It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.
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