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#1 Brig

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 04:34 PM

Thought some of you might like to see this target on display at the Parris Island museum. MajGen Holcomb took the first shot on the new range Feb 26, 1941. He hite a '5'. It seems all the opening shots I've seen done by Generals in person were '5's.........not right wood.....

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 04:36 PM

Good one, Tim. Hope all your 'cruits are in The Black!
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:16 AM

It was in the black because there was some good NCO coaching him, I'm sure! :lol:

Here's a shot of my dad at Parris Island in July 1946 - had just scored as high shooter in his platoon in Boot Camp. This picture was sent to our local newspaper - my grandmother worked there as a proof reader and they gave her the photo to keep.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:50 AM

Many folks are not aware that he was designated a "Distinguished Marksman". General Holcomb was prominently identified with the development of rifle shooting, and served as Inspector of Target Practice in the Marine Corps from October 1914 to August 1917. While serving in that capacity he was promoted to the rank of major in 1916. He was a member of the Marine Corps Rifle Teams of 1901, 1902, 1903, 1907, 1908, and 1911, and of teams representing the United States in the Palma Trophy Match in 1902 and 1903. During his years as Commandant, he had all Marine Corps match trophies staged in his office.

For more about his marksmanship and career: Attached File  HOLCOMB.pdf   115.4K   319 downloads

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:09 AM

It was in the black because there was some good NCO coaching him, I'm sure! :lol:

Here's a shot of my dad at Parris Island in July 1946 - had just scored as high shooter in his platoon in Boot Camp. This picture was sent to our local newspaper - my grandmother worked there as a proof reader and they gave her the photo to keep.

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Thats a great Pic!!

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:26 AM

I have to jump in to support Darrell's comment about Commandant Holcomb's shooting ability....while researching early China Marine activities I had the opportunity to go through a lot of his records and much of it was dedicated to marksmanship and marksmanship competitions ...In 1910 Holcomb lead the Marine team who won the Annual Peking International Legation Guard Marksmanship competition. When he got kicked out of China in 1911 after a dispute with the Naval Attache, the Commandant quickly assigned him to the 1911 team Darrell referred to. At the end of 1911 when he returned to China, Holcomb lead the 1912 Legation Guard team that won the 1912 Guard competition. Here is Holcomb in action during the 1910 Peking competition with a Krag (from the Holcomb collection at the Grey Research Center). BTW the kneeling officer is the young Littleton Waller.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 07:03 AM

Dirk, wonderful info and great picture - thank you for posting it! General Holcomb was one of the first to be designated a Marine Corps "Distinguished Marksman" when the program was initiated in 1908... he was at that time a young second lieutenant. Attached is photograph of the Marine Corps badge. I believe its design has remained unchanged over the last 100 years.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 03:19 PM

it's still the same design our shooting team sports


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