For dad's birthday, Mich. man tracks down same rifle his father...

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Virgil Richardson fondly remembered the .30-caliber M1 Garand rifle he carried during his time as a soldier during the Korean War.
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Mr B

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Sep 22, 2008
 
Mr. Richardson thank you for my freedom sir.

“Who likes shots & has 2 thumbs”

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Sep 22, 2008
 
poetic.
AJay

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Sep 22, 2008
 
Very nice present :)
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Sep 22, 2008
 

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I wonder how many children will die because this firearm is back on the streets?
John

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Sep 22, 2008
 
I know how many. ZERO. The man is 79 years old. I doubt he is going out shooting children for target practice.
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Sep 22, 2008
 
HG Substitute wrote:
I wonder how many children will die because this firearm is back on the streets?
None, because this gun is not owned by one of your thugs
JustPeachy

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Sep 22, 2008
 
This is a really nice story!!

Since: Aug 08

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Sep 22, 2008
 

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HG Substitute wrote:
I wonder how many children will die because this firearm is back on the streets?
Wonder how many more would be dead if this brave man didn't defend your rights with that gun!
Marshall

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Sep 22, 2008
 
HG Substitute wrote:
I wonder how many children will die because this firearm is back on the streets?
Please tell me you were being sarcastic.
Doug

Elkton, MD

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Sep 22, 2008
 
you miss them when they're gone

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Glenwood, FL -the last of many

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#13
Sep 22, 2008
 
...Neat story. But gotta wonder if Dad toted only one M1 during his tour--and where that rifle was all these years. Usually, when troopers rotated home, their weapons stayed behind (except what we smuggled out)... ;-):-)
...No matter--One terrific gesture by the son, and a truly great present for his Dad...Domo arigato to them both...

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Germantown, MD

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Sep 22, 2008
 
HG Substitute wrote:
I wonder how many children will die because this firearm is back on the streets?
Talk about a stupendously stupid comment. What an idiot!

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Sep 22, 2008
 
Herman King wrote:
Wars aren't fought for freedom. They are fought for greed. Bankers don't give a hoot about freedom.
And this one was almost as stupid as the one above it!
Mr B

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Sep 23, 2008
 
BILLY MAYS wrote:
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Wonder how many more would be dead if this brave man didn't defend your rights with that gun!
Dear Billy

To them WW-2 is past history, they dont have an uncle they never got to meet because he made the ultimate sacrifice. They have never been to Arlington with their grandmother twice a year to watch her weep over her sons grave.
History lesson

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Sep 23, 2008
 
BILLY MAYS wrote:
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Wonder how many more would be dead if this brave man didn't defend your rights with that gun!
Let's be honest here. The Korean War was not fought to protect Americans from anything. It was fought to protect South Koreans from North Koreans (or more broadly, to prevent the spread of communism). But of course, our involvement in the previosly-limited Korean civil conflict pulled in the Chinese, virtually cementing communism in North Korea and establishing China as a legitimate world power and a key ally to the Soviets. Korea was a terrible mistake and an embarrassing setback for the US especially after the victories of WWII and we still have to help the South Koreans defend their heavily armed border.

Of course, this failure was the fault of command, not of the soldiers who did everything they could with limited support from back home (much like today) and those soldiers like Mr. Richardson deserve our respect and thanks.

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Sep 23, 2008
 
Mr B wrote:
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Dear Billy
To them WW-2 is past history, they dont have an uncle they never got to meet because he made the ultimate sacrifice. They have never been to Arlington with their grandmother twice a year to watch her weep over her sons grave.
Well said Mr. B .. ignorance is truly bliss!
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Sep 23, 2008
 
I'd like to get my hands on the M-14,I used in the army.The old man is correct about the 500 yd. shot.Thats how I got my expert badge...(no scope, peep sight)...7.62 nato round.
LibertyFirst

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Sep 23, 2008
 
"More people have died from an educated ignorance like History Lesson's than smoking marijuana".

Legalize it.

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AJay

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Sep 23, 2008
 
Screwy Louie wrote:
I'd like to get my hands on the M-14,I used in the army.The old man is correct about the 500 yd. shot.Thats how I got my expert badge...(no scope, peep sight)...7.62 nato round.
Alas, the M1A1 is as close as you can get nowadays.

But it is one great shooting weapon :)

I like it much better than the AR.

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