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Photograph Found in a Veteran's Wallet From November 1944

 
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Cyrille
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PostPosted: Thursday, 14 July 2016, 14:00 PM    Post subject: Photograph Found in a Veteran's Wallet From November 1944 Reply with quote

Pelileu Island
three wet, exhausted,
mud spattered
U.S. Marines
Huddled beneath
a tarpaulin.

Staring
seeing
nothing
through the downpour.
M1 Garands inoperable.

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PostPosted: Thursday, 14 July 2016, 15:38 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting poem, Cyrille. I like the first stanza very much. Do you have this photo personally?

I am a novice on military guns, so I can't interpret the last line. Is an M1 a rifle? Now my major question: Is a Garand a part of the rifle and the mud and rain are maKing it inoperable?

Peggy aka Maggie

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PostPosted: Thursday, 14 July 2016, 17:24 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

The M1 Garand is the rifle's name, named for the rifle's inventor, the M1 is it's military designation. It was the "Go To" rifle for the U.S. solider in WWII. Used both in Europe and the Pacific theaters. The Rifle could be fired both automatically or semi-automatically. Automatic means all the shooter has to do is hold down the trigger until the ammunition is exhausted the M1 held an eight round clip of 30 caliber bullets.
Semi automatic means the shooter has to squeeze the trigger for each round fired.
The rifle could "jam" meaning that a round or a spent brass case or some type of foreign material if it got into the action [the mechanism the operates the rife after the trigger is pulled causing the rifle to complete it's firing cycle.] would jam the rife making it inoperable until whatever caused the jam was cleared from the action. Is that clear as mud now? Laughing

No I do not have such a photograph. The poem and title are but a production of my fevered mind. Thanks for asking!
It's good to hear from you Maggie!

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PostPosted: Thursday, 14 July 2016, 20:23 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Cyrille. You explained it very well!!! Peggy

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PostPosted: Friday, 15 July 2016, 15:04 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome ...Peggy. read2 icon_study icon_study

P.S. I read a lot!

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