Re: when and where was your !st encounter with the m1 garand
1958 Navy Boot Camp Company 535. Qualification at Camp Elliot out in the "desert" North of RTC, San Diego, CA. Qualified as Marksman. Really a memorable experience. Carried 1903A3 for drill throughout boot camp. After graduation from ET "A" School at Treasure Island/San Francisco, CA and assignment to Kami Seya, Japan, the .30 M1 Carbine was the basic issue for base security at Kami Seya's transmitter site, NRTF Totsuka, Japan 1959-1961. Really liked the Garand AND the M1 Carbine. Home security weapon now is an "IBM" .30 M1 Carbine, dated 9/1943. (After discharge from USN, spent 30 years with IBM and retired 1992. Figured an old IBM'er should have an old "IBM" for security as well as for sentiment.)
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