kanemono Posted March 13 Share #1 Posted March 13 This WW1 military marked C96 Mauser Pistol was brought home by Major Earl B. Hochwalt from the the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. There is a brass plate in the leather follower spring compartment that says the pistol was found by Hochwalt during the offensive. The pistol's left grip has been damaged, possibly by a bullet or piece of shrapnel. The leather is maker marked but the period stock is a unmarked commercial piece. The military stock should be military marked and it should not have the staple to attach it to a belt. The medal group and the gun were part of the George Pradarits collection. In the WW1 photo Major Hochwalt is on the right. Earl Barlow Hochwalt was born in Ohio on January 4, 1888. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1912 and was promoted to Second Lieutenant. Hochwalt immediately transferred from the Infantry to the Coast Artillery Corps. After several years spent mainly on the East Coast, he transferred to the 7th Field Artillery in 1917. The Division was sent to France in August of 1917. Hochwalt served as a 1st Lieutenant with Battery B, 7th Field Artillery, First Division in France until October 11, 1918, when, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive near d'Ariental Farm, France, he was severely wounded in action. After spending two years convalescing in various hospitals he became the only member of the Class of 1912 to be retired for wounds received in action. Although he had earned two Silver Star citations and the Purple Heart, while holding the temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he was returned to the rank of Major upon being retired; he again became a Lieutenant Colonel in 1930. He saw no further active service except for a brief period with the ROTC in 1941. Hochwalt died suddenly on April 20, 1956 from a condition brought about by his old wounds. Lieutenant Colonel Hochwalt’s Silver Star citation l reads as follows: General Orders No. 73 1/2, HQ 1st Division, 25 Sept 1919. The Division Commander cites the following Officers and men for the performance of duty under the most difficult and hazardous circumstances: Major Earl B. Hochwalt, 7th Field Artillery, "On October 6th, 1918, near d'Ariental Farm, France, voluntarily made a reconnaissance to locate advance battery positions for his regiment. Although exposed to heavy shell fire he continued his reconnaissance and was severely wounded. General Orders No. 1, HQ 1st Division, 1 Jan 1920. The Division Commander cites the following offices and soldiers for gallantry in action and especially meritorious services: #14. Major Earl B. Hochwald, 7th F.A., #9388. Hochwald, Earl B. Maj. 7th FA. “Officers of B Battery” (in July 1917, he was a 1st Lieutenant with Battery B, 7th F.A.), from the unit history, History of the Seventh Field Artillery (First Division, A.E.F.), World War 1917-1919. The text does not identify the officers, however. Hochwalt is listed at the end of this book under “Officers and Men . . . Cited . . . for Gallantry in Action”: “Hochwalt, Earl B. Maj”. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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