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READERS WRITE

An Unsung Hero Of The "Liberator" Pistol

I

was glad to read your short article
on the "Liberator" pistol in "Opening Shot" (January 2011, p. 24). It
has been many years since my father,
Stanley Hubbard Mills, made the
original dies to fabricate the FP-45 at
General Motor's Guide Lamp Division at the Anderson, Ind., plant. He
was employed as a special machine
builder and tool-and-die maker, and
years later he related to me that he
had almost all of the parts to build
one in his tool box. That was until one
day when two men in suits showed up
and told him that he wasn't supposed
to know anything about the parts and
took them.
Of course, he knew all about them
because he fabricated the dies that
were used to make the guns. My
father has never had any recognition
and, at this late date, I doubt there are any records remaining of his
role in the manufacturing of the Liberator pistols. I think it would be
nice if he was recognized somehow for his work on the gun. No name
was attached to it back then, but I know he was proud of his contribution to the war effort. I thought you might like to know a little more on
the history of the "Liberator."
STANLEY E. MILLS, VIA E-MAIL

Marines, M1911s & The Medal Of Honor

I

was surprised to see that Barrett Tillman neglected to mention Smedley
Butler's 1915 award of the Medal of
Honor in his article "Won With Hardball:
The M1911 And The Medal Of Honor"
(January 2011, p. 50). Moreover, Dan
Daly, Edward Ostermann and William
Upshur were all carrying M1911s when
they performed the feats for which they
received the award during the same
campaign-the taking of Forts Dipitie and Riviere in Haiti.
The medals earned by Marines in Haiti represent the first significant
combat actions with the U.S. Model of 1911 pistol that resulted in the
award of the Medal of Honor-not World War I. Interestingly, these two
fights in Haiti were also the first actions in which the Model 1909 BenetMercie "machine rifle" played an important role. Marine Cpl. Joseph
A. Glowin earned his Medal of Honor during the battle of Guayacanes,
Dominican Republic, in 1916, by manning his Benet-Mercie, even after
being wounded in the action.
KENNETH L. SMITH-CHRISTMAS, VIRGINIA

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