American Rifleman - July 2017 - 42

A Garand With Many Stories

I

purchased my Winchester-made
Garand through the CMP (Civilian
Marksmanship Program) several
years ago. It has several parts from
other manufacturers, so it probably
wouldn't be highly rated as a collector
firearm, but it holds a lot of meaning
to me. Many times we hear, "If this
gun could talk..." and we all wonder what stories it could tell. Well, I
decided to give my M1 a voice.
Several years ago, a local World
War II veteran wrote a book about his
exploits, and I wanted to get his book
autographed. I visited his home, along
with my Garand, and he graciously
signed both the book and the gun. He
also took the time to share some of his
stories with me. As I was leaving, his
wife pulled me aside-with tears in her
eyes-and thanked me for honoring
her husband. I then realized how this

firearm could be used as a way to recognize some of the veterans who had
given so much for our country.
Over the years I've added many
autographs to the rifle. I've listened to
the stories and I've kept the newspaper clippings, signed books and notes.
Some of the signatures have faded with
time, but the stories I've recorded that
accompany each one never will.
So who has signed this rifle? Paul
piloted the Enola Gay. Nancy was
a nurse at Pearl Harbor. Fred was
wounded at Omaha Beach, where he
lost his Thompson. Truman piloted
a B-17. Jake was a pathfinder at
Bastogne. Many of the stories these
heroes have told me brought tears to
the vets' eyes, and surprisingly, most
were not about battles. Charlie was
the pilot of a landing craft who made
more than 20 island landings at Iwo

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Jima, Peleliu and Guam, among others.
But the story he most wanted to tell
was about the day they returned to the
states: The dock was lined with cars, all
there to take the sailors home for a meal
with a family they didn't even know.
Once in a while I still take the old
workhorse Garand out to the range, and
it still shoots great. I hope everyone
can find a way to thank those who have
served, and who continue to serve, to
keep our country free and safe.
-BARRY WALLING, OKLAHOMA
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