Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
Last night, looking at the Centurion Auctions February 2016 catalog, noticed two .45 cal pistols that belonged to one of our Squadron's commanders, BG Tuberty - his General Officer's M15 and a Commercial Colt 1911A1 presented to him by the Squadron's officers, and so inscribed.
I served under him only briefly and knew nothing of his background. He assumed command of the Squadron as a major (P) and I was already alerted of my move from Squadron to Regimental HQ at Nurnberg. I found an excellent biography of him at his high high school's distinguished alumni site.
He was born in 1925 in Minnesota and left the school his junior year and served in the Navy during WWII. After the War he returned to and graduated from his high school in 1946. Later, received a direct commission as an Infantry lieutenant. He went on to serve in the Korean War and in Viet-Nam. His awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor, and the CIB. Quite a career!
General Tuberty passed away in 2009.
Ed, Since you started this about BG Tuberty's personal weapons, I will share an incident that occurred on an FTX sometime in 1965 or so. About 2300 hrs, my CO informed me to report to SCO at the Officers Mess Tent, upon arrival the SCO asked a NCO present if Lt. Rees was the one he saw, he replied in the negative and and I was a dismissed…but prior to my actual leave taking, I asked what this was about, he replied that his side arm was missing. I never found out the outcome of this "investigation."
I never doubted he would earn a star, and I also read his online obituary from his HS.
PS For one brief moment, I was a suspect of a potential theft.