Dragoon Base

Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.

CWO2 Henry Gettman served with HHC, 1/2ACR from 1953 until 1955 in Bindlach as battalion motors officer, so I spent my first birthday in Bayreuth. This was the last place (Pegnitz 1954) dad ever competed in marksmanship competition.

Most of his medals were stolen years before I had a chance to inventory them and get pictures. A priceless legacy of his years of competition, the happiest of his life, are gone forever. Of the hundreds of medals he won, each meticulously stored in its original little box, only a few remain tossed together in a small cardboard container. Only newspaper articles, some old photos, and a few files and certificates are left to tell of his marksmanship skills all those years ago.

I'd like to share some of it with you and keep the memory alive a little longer.

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Put a few rounds down range,didn't he?
Those aren't counting the probably 150 medals that were stolen. Yeah, he put a few down range bro. I'm curious just how many pounds of gunpowder he turned into gas in his lifetime.


Two of the earlier medals from high school ROTC, 1929 and 1930, his sophmore and junior years.


This is one of the first National Guard medals he won, 1930, his junior year in HS.


Citizens' Military Training Camps marksmanship award, probably from about 1928.


The Dogs of War is a trophy presented each year by the NRA in national competition at Camp Perry. These medals are from dad's trips in 1931, 1935, 1936, 1937, and 1940.


Couple more from the National Matches 1936, 1937.


This is a tie clasp from the Camp Perry National Matches. Not sure what year he got this.
Wooow!! your father had a hand full and then some. I took a couple of trophy's in Pistol firing once with Hospital Police Unit, I ended up in first place. I also fired on the 2nd Armored Division team till I got orders for overseas. When I won the Trophy for High firer at the hospital, there was a girl that almost beat me out and she was firing a 2 " snub nose revolver, I was carrying a SW model 67 Stainless steel with a 4 " barrel. That Lady officer was close to 6 ft and well built not fat. She joined the Sheriff 's before I did,. I am glad to see your dad's medals, hang on to them....


Dad had a few of these, but the rest got lost wearing them while playing army in the woods around here when we were kids.


1932 - left to right: President's Match; US Regimental Team Championship, 9th Corps Area; Camp Perry Instructor's Trophy.


Camp Perry Match 1932


Rifle/Pistol Expert 1931


Note the medal in the middle matches the silver bowl in the photo. That is my dad kneeling on the far right, taken in 1932.


Known as the Rumbold Trophy after 1937, it is presented to the winning team in the Championship Regimental Team Match at the National Matches, open to teams from any NRA affiliated organization. The solid silver bowl was hand-hammered entirely from silver dollars, and donated in 1910 by Brigadier General Frank M. Rumbold. An early eastern and early western Indian sit atop the rim of the four-footed bowl.

The large trophy on top is the Infantry Trophy, first presented in 1922 to the winning team of the Infantry Match, open to any active, Reserve, or National Guard team.

Haven't been able to ID the tall cup.



Most of these are from the waning days of dad's shooting career after he came back from WW II, when his eyes started going bad. He was stationed at Ft Lewis with the 2nd Infantry Division, having come home in 1947. The Division would be the first to arrive in Korea from the US when the war broke out in 1950.

Left to right, top to bottom:

Washington State Rifle Association - HANKINS MATCH - 1934

Washington State Rifle Association - FORT VANCOUVER MATCH - First Team - .30 caliber - 1947

Washington State Rifle Association - COL P F HOLCOMB MATCH - 1939

Washington State Rifle Association - PACIFIC EMBLEM MATCH - Grand Aggregate - Fourth - .30 Caliber - 1948

Washington State Rifle Association - MAJ. WM. KELLEY MATCH - Third - .30 caliber - 1947

Washington State Rifle Association - INTER-CLUB INDIV. - Eighth - .30 caliber - 1948


Kitsap Rifle & Revolver Club - PSN TROPHY - 2nd Team - 1947


Oregon State Rifle & Pistol Association - GEN'L. GEO. A. WHITE MATCH - Third - 1947


No clue what this one is as the bar and hasp are missing.
Wow! Some memories here. Your Dad and mine probably knew each other. Mine shot on the Massachusetts Nat'l Guard Rifle Team in the mid- to late- 1920s - then on the US Army Infantry Team thriough the 30s after going back on active duty. He shot in the President;s Hundred ten years in a row. One of my uncles told me Dad lost the National Trophy Individual Match at Camp Perry by one V at a thousand yards OFFHAND (and over iron sights) in 1937 or 38. After WWII he switched to pistol - and ended his career coaching the All Army Pistol Team at Fort Benning. Became Distinguished Marksman with the pistol in '48 and was at that time one of less than 100 Distinguished with both pistol and rifle. Taught me to shoot the service .45 when I was ten years old. My first jobs were target running and score card running at the monthly matches at Fort Benning. Went to Camp Perry myself in the mid 60s on the State of Oregon small bore team. My pistol experience came into good use several times in VietNam but I never competed. Dad had a National Match acurized Springfield 03 that was absolutely beautiful - my uncle ended up with it after Dad died and I lost track of it - wish I hadn't. Thanks for bringing these memories back. On;y trophy or medal of his that I have left is a small silver bowl he won in San Francisco in a seniors regional match withthe ,45.
My pleasure Frank. It's a good chance they did know each other. Dad earned Army Infantry Pistol and Rifle Team Badges both in 1936. He just missed the Distinguished Pistol Badge, but got Distinguished Marksman in 1935.

Dad's '03 ended up getting butchered for hunting by my brother, and I eventually gave it away to a guy I worked with.

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