Color guard leading armored cruiser USS Pittsburgh landing party in the Bund, Shanghai, China, 1927; note Springfield M1903 rifles and M1911 pistolsNaval Aviation Cadets from the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi at the pistol range with Colt M1911-A1 .45 caliber pistols, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, circa 1941.US Marine Private Michael DiPoi in exercise with a war dog, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States, circa 1943John Basilone with a machine gun in the United States, date unknown
Color guard leading armored cruiser USS Pittsburgh landing party in the Bund, Shanghai, China, 1927; note Springfield M1903 rifles and M1911 pistolsNaval Aviation Cadets from the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi at the pistol range with Colt M1911-A1 .45 caliber pistols, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, circa 1941.US Marine Private Michael DiPoi in exercise with a war dog, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States, circa 1943John Basilone with a machine gun in the United States, date unknown
An American officer and a French partisan with a Sten sub-machinegun crouched behind a car during a street fight in a French city, Jun 1944US Marines fighting on Saipan, Mariana Islands, Jul 1944MGen Leonard Gerow presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to 1st Lt William J Kehaly of San Francisco, California on 11 Sep 1944 for Lt Kehaly’s actions on D-Day, 6 Jun 1944.US Army anti-tank infantry searching for the position of a German machine gun that had fired on their vehicle, the Netherlands, 4 Nov 1944
An American officer and a French partisan with a Sten sub-machinegun crouched behind a car during a street fight in a French city, Jun 1944US Marines fighting on Saipan, Mariana Islands, Jul 1944MGen Leonard Gerow presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to 1st Lt William J Kehaly of San Francisco, California on 11 Sep 1944 for Lt Kehaly’s actions on D-Day, 6 Jun 1944.US Army anti-tank infantry searching for the position of a German machine gun that had fired on their vehicle, the Netherlands, 4 Nov 1944
Member of US 5332nd Brigade (Provisional) Bill McCall with Colt hand gun, Burma, 1945US Marine Private Grady Hogue on a horse, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945Soviet and US officers near Elbe River, Germany, 28 Apr 1945; note left Soviet officerUS military mail truck at Haneda Air Base, Tokyo, Japan, 1951
Member of US 5332nd Brigade (Provisional) Bill McCall with Colt hand gun, Burma, 1945US Marine Private Grady Hogue on a horse, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945Soviet and US officers near Elbe River, Germany, 28 Apr 1945; note left Soviet officer's TT-33, center Soviet capt's Luger in belt, right US lieutenant's holstered Colt 1911 and in-hand Walther P38US military mail truck at Haneda Air Base, Tokyo, Japan, 1951
Colt M1911A1 pistol, 1913 series.
Colt M1911A1 pistol, 1913 series.
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