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Old 02-19-2013, 08:20 PM   #341
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Well leave it for a bit maybe someone will come along.

What was the youngest service member durning world war 2?
Don't know his name, but I think he was 14
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What branch of the military did Lee Harvey Oswald serve in?
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Don't know his name, but I think he was 14
12! That's insane! I am fairly certain it was ww2 USN. Saved a bunch of crew members with tourniquets as they were under attack by the Japanese. He was discovered and dishonorably discharged, but later had his good name restored by congress.
His name was Calvin Graham.
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12! That's insane! I am fairly certain it was ww2 USN. Saved a bunch of crew members with tourniquets as they were under attack by the Japanese. He was discovered and dishonorably discharged, but later had his good name restored by congress.
His name was Calvin Graham.
Wow, he must've been one tall and fit 12 year old!
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What branch of the military did Lee Harvey Oswald serve in?
Wasn't he a marine?
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Wasn't he a marine?
Yep. He earned a sharpshooter badge, but later went down to marksman. Guess he was a good shot if he could pull of the Kennedy assassination( if he did do it) with a Carcano bolt action.
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Yep. He earned a sharpshooter badge, but later went down to marksman. Guess he was a good shot if he could pull of the Kennedy assassination( if he did do it) with a Carcano bolt action.
Not that hard. anybody who can handle a rifle could do it.
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Not that hard. anybody who can handle a rifle could do it.
Well, you could train most people to properly use a bolt action rifle like Oswald's M91/38 carcano, but the fundamentals of marksmanship(natural point of aim, trigger control, breathing control, following though) require special attention and much practice to master(things he would have learned in the marines). While operating a bolt action rifle is relatively easy, using that rifle effectively is another. Oswald may have been a scumbag, but he was certainly a experienced shooter and a skilled marksman. Also, Kennedy was a moving target and that just made him an even harder target to hit(let alone 3 hits w/ a headshot). The cheap rifle he was using(the Carcano 91/38) was one of the worst rifles of WW2 and the poor scope that came with it didn't help his cause. I believe CBS did a test with a 91/38 rifle to see if people who had never fired that rifle could pull of the shots. I'm pretty sure only one man, a weapons expert, scored 3/3 hits to the moving target. I'm not positive just anyone who could handle a rifle could have done it. Of course Oswald might not have done it or there could've been another shooter. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but you have to wonder.......... :-)
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Didn't you know the car was stopped by the conspirators???

If Kennedy and Oswald came back from the dead and told the story, that still would not be enough to convince the conspiracy nits.
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Well, the 30-06 could not have been the first round for a rifle made in 1903, since it did not come along until 1906. First round was a round nosed, 220 gr load called the 30-03. (got 1 round in my collection- bit scarce)

And yes- the Colt Model 1903 .32 Smokeless Rimless was issued. In addition to certain used by OSS personnel, it was the official General Officer's sidearm. George Patton notwithstanding, when you made Brigader, you were issued a .32 with holster and belt, pistol engraved with our name. NRA museum in Fairfax has Eisenhower and MacAthur's .32s on display.

G'night kids- play nice, keep the TV down.
Hey, c3 do you have any more info on this colt 1903? How common are they now?
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