Re: when and where was your !st encounter with the m1 garand
It was September 1967, University of Southern Mississippi ROTC. 1800 men in the Brigade; at least 1400 plus me had to clean our issued M1 every week and drill with it every Wednesday. It was great. Never got to shoot it because we changed to M14s the next year and qualified with them at Summer Camp. Issued M16s on active duty. Finally got to shoot my own M1 bought at the CMP in Anniston, AL. What a feeling of nostalgia.