Savage/Springfield 87M Rifle – Military Training Rifle?


Savage/Springfield 87M Rifle – Military Training Rifle?

by ST

Originally Published Apr 2014



One of the most perplexing mysteries in the field of collecting U.S. military training rifles has been the existence of the Savage/Springfield 87M .22 Cal. rifle. Origins of the rifle design go back to a rimfire rifle produced by the Savage Arms Company from 1938 to 1968, also known as the “Three-in-One” Rifle. Over a thirty year period, this rifle reached a total run of 1,500,000 rifles, surpassing any totals of popular rimfire rifle models produced by major firms like Winchester and Remington.

Collector values of the sporting versions of these rifles remain low due to the fact that they were produced under many names (Savage, Springfield, J. Stevens Co.), had too many model numbers to keep track of, sold at half the retail price of other rimfire rifles, and had such high production numbers.

The “Three-in-One” label was given to the action design which enabled the rifle to fire single shot, straight pull bolt action, or semi-automatic. The basic rifle was tubular magazine fed but also available in box magazine versions and could fire .22 Short, Long, and Long Rifle cartridges. Bolt action single shot and straight pull firing was accomplished by pushing the bolt handle (knob) into the bolt body, and semi-auto fire was accomplished by leaving the bolt handle out. Thus the rifle had three firing modes.

The military style training rifle Model 87M appeared very early in rifle production in 1940-41. The rifle had a walnut handguard and stock, and military bands with a steel buttplate. The design of the wood and front sight protector unmistakably resembles the M1 Garand just entering U.S. military service. No official information is available to suggest that the Model 87M was designed for military training use, but the deduction is that no other reason is sustainable in the light of the thousands of commercially produced rifles purchased and used by the military in WWII. The production run on the Model 87M was very short, accounting for its rarity to collectors today.

An actual military connection came in a form of a 12” barrelled, box magazine version equipped with a silencer tested by Army Ordnance during WWII. The OSS also tested many silenced .22 Cal. weapons during the war.


Right Rear Side of Rifle


Right Side Center with Handguard


Rifle Receiver Close up with Knob Handle





Remembering December 25, 1776

Remembering December 25, 1776

In the early morning hours of December 25, 1776 the young soldiers with General Washington marched to McKonkey’s Ferry on the west bank of the Delaware River. When the army arrived it practiced formation and drill. It grew colder by the hour and the winds pickup. There will be no Christmas goose, plum pudding, cider, joy, family cheer or a warm hearth that day.

As Christmas night fell the army was slowly ferried across the ice choked Delaware. By 11PM the winter storm unleashed itself on the crossing army, but by 3AM the entire army was safely on the east bank. An 8 mile march in sleet on an icy road lay ahead and a stunning victory at Trenton. It turned the war around from the Americans like Midway turned the tide for the USA 166 years later.


Three Guns of Dallas, November 1963



by Darryl Choy

The Carcano rifle, serial number C2766, was manufactured in 1940 at the Terni Arsenal. This rifle was part of a small lot of rifles ordered for the “Guardie del Duce,” Benito Mussolini’s one hundred- man personal bodyguard unit. Stocks were thinner than regular production and did not have cartouches or serial numbers and were dyed black. After the war, many Carcano rilfes were imported and sold in the United States. The markings “Made in Italy” was stamped at the request of the US importer prior to shipment. Crescent Firearms Inc., NY, a distributor of surplus Carcano rifles, shipped this rifle to Klein’s Sporting Goods, Chicago. A gunsmith at Klein’s drilled and tapped the rifle for an “Ordnance Optic Inc., Hollywood, California, 4×18 coated, made in Japan” scope.

In March 1963, Klein’s received an order coupon clipped from the February 1963 issue of the AMERICAN RIFLEMAN. The order was from A. Hidell (aka Lee Harvey Oswald) and contained a postal money order for $21.45 for the $19.95 scoped rifle plus shipping.

Eight months later, Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots from this rifle killing JFK.

The 6.5mm x 52 Carcano ammunition used by Oswald was manufactured by the Western Cartridge Company, aka WCC (Winchester). It was a special order for President Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs invasion. (Training films show Cubans training with M38 rifles and bayonets.) Four million rounds, lots 6000, 6001, 6002 and 6003, were produced and received by Army for the CIA. Two million rounds were subsequently released on the US surplus market. This ammunition is the best ever available for 6.5mm x 52 in the U.S.

Smith & Wesson Victory

The S&W Victory, serial number V510210, caliber 38 S&W, was shipped to England during WW2 and received British inspection/proof marks. After the war, this revolver was “imported” back to North America. In January 1963, the Empire Wholesale Sporting Goods Ltd. in Montreal shipped this revolver with 98 other Victory models to George Rose & Company, Los Angeles. Prior to it being sold, the 38 S&W chambering was converted to 38 Special and the barrel shortened to 2.25”. In late January 1963, Seaport Trader, the mail order division of Geo. Rose, received a mail order for one Victory model for $29.95 from A. J. Hidell (aka Lee Harvey Oswald). A $10 cash down payment was enclosed. In March 1963, serial number V510210, Victory model was shipped, and the $19.95 balance due and $1.27 shipping was collected from “Mr. Hidell.”

Eight months later Lee Harvey Oswald fired four shots from this revolver killing police officer J.D. Tippit.

Colt Cobra

In 1960 Jack Ruby, along with a police officer buddy, went to Ray Brantley’s Hardware Store in Dallas and purchased a used early 1950s model Colt Cobra, serial number 2744LW. It had a 2″ barrel and had an after market hammer shroud installed. The revolver and a box of 38 Special ammunition cost $62.50. The hardware store gave the buyer a police discount and didn’t charge the tax.

Three years later Ruby fired one shot from this Colt, killing Lee Harvey Oswald.

The UH and the Nisei Soldier Legacy of World War II

442nd at Chambois Sector, France, in late 1944.

442nd at Chambois Sector, France, in late 1944.

The UH AND the Nisei Soldier Legacy of World War II

Just about this hour on December 7th , 60 years ago, the UH ROTC Regiment over 600 strong was called out over the radio to report to duty. We reported to the ROTC Armory, which is that little wooden building now standing at the end of Sinclair Library parking lot. We were greeted by the sight of Sgt. Ward and Sgt. Hogan feverishly inserting firing pins into Springfield .03 rifles. I reported to my unit, Company “B”, 1st Battalion, commanded by Captain Nolle Smith. We were issued a clip of 5 bullets with our rifles.

It was reported that Japanese paratroopers had landed on St. Louis Heights. Our first order was to deploy down across Manoa Stream where Kanewai Park now stands and to prevent the enemy from advancing into the city. We were crouched down among the koa bushes for long hours in the hot sun, waiting for the enemy which never showed up. This turned out to be just another one of the many hysterical rumors that spread across Honolulu that day.

During those few hours of service, we had no military status or standing, federal or territorial. We were just University ROTC boys heeding our country’s desperate call to arms. For our participation in “the campaign for St. Louis Heights,” many years later in 1977, the University ROTC was awarded with a battle streamer distinguishing it as the first and only ROTC unit in the United States to engage in active war service during World War II!

On the afternoon of December 7, 1941, the University ROTC unit was converted into the Hawaii Territorial Guard and we were trucked down to the National Guard Armory where our State Capitol now stands. We were issued those pie-plate tin helmets and gas masks and immediately assigned to guard lolani Palace, the Courthouse, Hawaiian Electric, Mutual Telephone, and Board of Water Supply, and all other government buildings and utilities all over the city. Company B was headquartered in the Dole Pineapple building and assigned to guard the Iwilei industrial district and the waterfront and to defend against a Japanese invasion attack. Just imagine the pitiful sight of a greenhorn teenage soldier who never fired a gun crouched behind a sandbagged emplacement at Pier 10 defending against a Japanese invasion of Honolulu Harbor with a measly 30 caliber rifle and five bulletsl Mercifully and thankfully, the enemy never invaded! But the important thing was that we had responded to the call, we were proud to wear the American uniform, and we were serving our country in its direst hour of need!

We so served for six weeks after Pearl Harbor, but by January 19, 1942, the high brass in Pentagon had discovered to its horror that the city of Honolulu was being defended by hundreds of Japs in American uniforms! It should be mentioned here that over 75% of the HTG guardsmen were men of Japanese ancestry. The order came down that all HTG guardsmen of Japanese ancestry were dischargedl If they had dropped a bomb in our midst. it couldn’t have been more devastating. That blow of being rejected by your own country only because of your name, your face, and your race, was far worse than Pearl Harbor itself. Every Nisei who suffered that ndignity will attest to the fact that that rejection was absolutely the lowest point in our long lives!

We could do nothing else but return to the University. But books and classrooms made no sense, when our country was crying for military and defense manpower, and yet we were distrusted, unwanted, useless. But within a week’s time, Hung Wai Ching, who was then Executive Secretary of the Atherton YMCA near the UH campus, met with a group of the discharged Nisei, and soon inspired and convinced them why not offer themselves as a labor battalion. His key pitch was “So they don’t trust you with a gun. Wouldn’t they trust you with picks and shovels?” By February 25, 1942, a petition signed by 169 University students offering their services as a labor battalion was accepted by the Military Governor.


442nd at Camp Shelby

This group known as the “Varsity Victory Volunteers” (because they volunteered from the University) was assigned to the 34th Combat Engineers Regiment at Schofield Barracks performing vital defense work on Oahu. For the next 11 months, they dug ammunition pits, built secondary mountain roads, repaired bridges and culverts, built warehouses and field housing. and operated the rock quarry. One day in December, 1942, Secretary of War John McCloy, making a field inspection of Oahu defenses, witnessed the VVV Quarry Gang operating the quarry up at Kolekole Pass, and was told the story of the VVV by his escort, Hung Wai Ching. By some coincidence or otherwise, just a month later in January, 1943, the War Department announced its decision to form an all-Nisei combat team and issued a call for volunteers. On January 30, 1943, members of the VVV voted to disband so they could volunteer for the 442nd Combat Team. Most of the men were accepted and served the duration of the war with the 442nd, and also with the Military Intelligence Service. The rest is well known history. Seven VVV members with the 100th/442nd never came back from the battlefields of Europe.


From what I have told you, it should be clear that the historical lineage of the Nisei’s loyal service in the 442nd and the MIS during World War II can be traced back to the University of Hawaii ROTC reporting for duty on December 7, 1941. The HTG and the VVV that followed were manned almost entirely by University boys. Sothe underlying message that I wish to convey this morning is to remind the University and our community of this rich heritage, and to underscore its proud birthright and contribution it made to the legacy of the Nisei Soldier’s service to country during World War II.

Ted Tsukiyama

Editors note: The above presentation was delivered on 3 December 2001, at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Visitor’s Center as part ofthe 60th Anniversary remembrance ofthe Dec. 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. HHAA was part of that same program.

Photographs courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration.

Ernie Pyle on field repair of M1 rifles from his book


3Ernie Pyle on field repair of M1 rifles from his book – Brave Men

Hope everyone reads the entire excerpt linked below – it shows the determination of the American GI to get on with the war and has, in Pyle’s great style, a heart tugging finish.

Gives me a whole new perspective on the historical accuracy of mixed parts on M1 Garands:

And, believe me, during the first few days of our invasion men at the front needed those rifles desperately. Repairmen told me how our paratroopers and infantrymen would straggle back, dirty and hazy-eyed with fatigue, and plead like children for a new rifle immediately so they could get back to the front. One paratrooper brought in a German horse he had captured and offered to trade it for a new rifle, he needed it so badly. During those days the men in our little repair shop worked all hours trying to fill the need.

A stack of muddy, rusted rifles is a touching sight. As gun after gun came off the stack, I looked to see what was the matter with it – rifle butt split by fragments; barrel dented by bullet; trigger knocked off; whole barrel splattered with shrapnel marks; guns gray from the slime of weeks in swamp mud; faint dark splotches of blood still showing. I wondered what had become of each owner. I pretty well knew.

Full Page gun rights ad from March 6, 1994


Editors Note: On March 6th, 1994 a full page ad was run in the Honolulu Advertiser in response to proposed draconian gun laws .  The ad was announced in the HHAA newsletter before it was published.  First, we present the Newsletter announcement and then the ad.  It is well worth reading again.  It is amazing, 21 years later,  how little has changed in the battle for our civil rights. 

First the announcement from the March 1994 Newsletter


As HHAA’s contribution to the fight for our firearms, a FULL-PAGE AD will be in THE SUNDAY HONOLULU ADVERTISER, MARCH 6TH. The ad promises to leave “no stone unturned” and is a “tell it like it is”, “give ‘um hell” piece of information. The ad should help people to formulate their ideas for letters, calls, and testimony, as well as put State Legislators on notice that WE TIiE PEOPLE” are awakening. The ad will be co-sponsored by THIRTY-FOUR other organizations from throughout the State of Hawaii. 

The Ad


and public officials are misleading you so that you wonʼt object.

“The true danger is, when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts. The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” – Edmund Burke – 1784

EVEN IF YOU DON’T OWN A GUN, THEIR TACTICS SHOULD BOTHER YOU. Two years ago, while earnest citizens testified overwhelmingly at a Senate Judiciary committee hearing that further restrictions on so-called “assault weapons” werenʼt necessary, the committee had already leaked to the press that they would gut the bill and substitute a bill to ban so-called “assault pistols” and “high capacity” magazines. The first lie, one that they defined legally, was an incorrect definition of an “assault weapon”, as being a semi-automatic firearm with a “military appearance”. Assault weapons do exist; they are fully automatic (machine guns), and are already illegal in Hawaii.

THIS YEAR, they heard hours of public testimony against further restrictions and IGNORED IT! The public is an impediment, testimony merely an annoyance. They know what’s best for you, regardless of what you say. BUT, your phone calls, faxes and letters DID make a difference! The final Senate vote was postponed two times in three days and only after TWO closed door sessions of the Majority Caucus were they able to coerce enough votes for passage. Public policy discussion should be open and above board. IS THIS DEMOCRACY IN ACTION? BE AWARE that in Conference Committee, with no opposition or public input permitted, the Committee can “gut” a bill and substitute anything they wish. CALL, WRITE OR FAX YOUR OFFICIALS TO KEEP THEM HONEST!

More misinformation is that Hawaii has a problem with these so-called “assault weapons”, “high capacity” magazines and handguns. In fact, Hawaii never did and doesnʼt have a problem with them, or the magazines that fit them which hold more than ten cartridges, normal for modern firearms. The murder rate has decreased in Hawaii these last two years, and nationwide, even though gun ownership rates have gone up in the past decade, accidents account for decreasing numbers of injuries and deaths. The Law Enforcement Coalition say that there are 400,000 guns in Hawaii, but only 10 of them were used in murders in 1993, one third of all Oahu murders. The studies they cite to make you think Hawaii has a problem have been discredited as being inaccurate. We have no gun problem in Hawaii except in the Law Enforcement Coalitionʼs imagination!

“Our motto must be to lie in order to conquer.” Benito Mussolini, Fascist Dictator,”  1928-1945

This past summer, Hawaii Historic Arms Association sent copies of The Samurai, The Mountie and the Cowboy, by David Kopel, an excellent presentation of the issues involved in gun control, including proven proposed crime reduction solutions for Federal, State and local governments, to the members of Hawaiiʼs Congressional Delegation, the Governor, the Lt. Governor, the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Chief of Police, Chief Prosecutor, Senate President, Vice President, Judiciary, Education and Public Safety Chairs, House Speaker, Judiciary Chair and Vice Chair, Education Chair, Board of Education Chair, City and County Council Chairs for Budget and Finance, and Parks, Health and Public Safety. The Hawaii Historic Arms Association (HHAA), along with other responsible and civic minded firearms owners and organizations, provided this information to our responsible public officials in the hope that they would enact effective measures against criminals, promote safety for the public and our children, and refrain from enacting further ineffective legislation restricting honest citizensʼ Constitutional rights.

Instead, what is proposed? HB2324 – A $1000 PUNITIVE TAX on those of you who would buy a handgun, whether it be for sport, self-protection or just to exercise your constitutional rights. SB2347 SD1 – A BAN ON HANDGUN OWNERSHIP IN HAWAII (except for the police and military, of course.) REGISTRATION OF ALL GUNS – SB2346 SD1 , meaning, of course, all honest citizensʼ guns, criminals will be exempt, since they canʼt, with a criminal record, legally own a firearm. Registration doesnʼt stop crime since criminals donʼt use registered guns. But officials have suggested that registration will provide a list for future confiscation, and may provide means for other abuses. REGISTRATION FEES, which is taxing a right exactly like free speech, voting, or religious practice. MANDATORY FIREARMS TRAINING – no training, no constitutional rights, just like an illegal voter test. What was NOT proposed were measures aimed at criminal control, even though criminals, not honest citizens, cause crime. Anti-gun legislation ignores recreational shooters, competitive shooters, collectors, and the rights of ordinary citizens. LAW ENFORCEMENT COALITION OFFICIALS TESTIFIED IN THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING THAT THESE REPRESSIVE MEASURES WON’T REDUCE CRIME!

Ironically, criminals like gun bans. Any prohibition law creates a black market full of profitable criminal opportunities. And remember, nothing makes a criminal happier than knowing that his victims will be unarmed and defenseless, so that he can rob, rape and murder at will. Criminals are more afraid of armed victims than they are of the police. Another irony is that you are paying officials with taxes to take away your rights and oppress you! History tells us that prohibition never works.

You were ignored. We were ignored. Our proposals; which we know will work:

  • Firearms safety education, both in the public schools and, on a voluntary basis, made available to the general public through the community college system and community groups. We need to enable people, youngsters and adults, to be safe and accident free around firearms. The “Eddie Eagle” program can make our kids safe.
  • Tough sentencing of individuals who use a firearm in the commission of a crime so that they will go to jail. No pleas, no whining, no right to own a firearms subsequently, no parole. Lock them up. Certain lawmakers want to release criminals early!
  • Improving the records system to allow an instant computerized check for firearms purchasers. Improve statistical records on crimes committed, by whom, with what weapons, etc., to track criminal trends.
  • Liberalizing the permit to carry provisions to allow citizens who wish to take training in correct and lawful firearms use to carry a concealed firearm, increasing the likelihood that criminals will find Hawaii an unproductive and unpleasant place for them to work and prey. This works in other parts of the country where more concealed weapons permits has lowered the crime rates. The police can’t be everywhere; the courts affirm that they are not required to protect you as an individual, only the public in general.
  • More public firearms ranges to permit better firearms education and safe commercial operations to allow foreign tourists to experience shooting sports unavailable in their homelands, providing another profitable segment for our economy. Tourists come here to shoot because they have no gun rights at home. According to HVB figures, 16% of the Japanese tourists come here to shoot, more than those who golf or visit Iolani Palace.
  • Decriminalization of large capacity handgun magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. The magazine limit does nothing to promote public safety and was a punitive measure directed toward honest handgun owners.
  • An affirmation of the individual right to keep and bear arms for security, to use firearms in defense of self, family or home, and to provide for the enforcement of such right. It’s a basic right, and you have it unless you throw it away. Keep it and be free, lose it and be enslaved. This is the 2nd Amendment and Article 17 of the U. S. and Hawaii Constitutions.

All of these measures work, and work well in other cities and states across the nation. What doesnʼt work are gun bans and punitive measures directed against honest gun owners. Ask the residents of New York city and Washington D.C. if gun bans work. Theyʼll tell you that bans donʼt work, that criminals steal guns for crime, and if they canʼt get a gun, theyʼll use what ever they can get to intimidate, hurt and kill. We believe that the citizens of Hawaii can do better than passing more laws that donʼt work. BUT IT IS UP TO YOU because legislators need to hear your objections and demands for laws against criminals, not laws directed against honest citizens and their families.

Then, ask yourself why officials are so eager to have you disarmed. What do they have in mind once we are all disarmed and “safe”? Ask your friends who have lived in or visited oppressive countries, they’ll know why, and so should you.

“To disarm the people is the best way to enslave them.” George Mason – 1788

CALL, WRITE OR FAX your legislators and officials, Federal, State and local, and tell them you want to see anti-crime measures, not anti-citizen laws that donʼt control crime. If they donʼt listen to you, vote them out. If we can make them listen and respond, perhaps WE, THE PEOPLE, wonʼt have to remind them of the real reason for the inclusion of the 2nd amendment to the constitution:

“A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” – 2nd Amend. of the U.S. Constitution – 1789

 “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in Government.” – Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States, author of the Declaration of ndependence, co-author of the Constitution of the United States – 1787

It should bother you that both CRIMINALS and LEGISLATORS want gun bans. Criminals know that fewer guns in the hands of their victims means easy pickings for them because people won’t be able to resist their aggression. Crime will increase, Hawaii will cease to be a desirable destination for tourists, our unemployment will increase, and we’ll start to look like Washington D. C., with DRUGS, a strong BLACK MARKET, more GANG ACTIVITY, plenty of crime and gun control. Do you want to be forced to cower in your home, disarmed and waiting for an armed criminal to break in? Make no mistake, these laws are only the FIRST step to outlaw all private citizens’ firearms. The government can’t protect you as an individual, only you can do that, and you have the right to do that unless you let the legislature strip you of that right.

None of these officials has any idea of the COST of implementing these laws. Adequate registration facilities don’t exist for the thousands of firearms (which haven’t caused any problems heretofore) which will have to be registered, not to mention lost days of work, uncollected taxes, and tourist revenues as crime starts to increase. It would be a different story if these laws fought crime, but they don’t, they will encourage crime.

A ban is a violation of inherent rights, denying your heirs the ownership of heirlooms and other valued firearms. You will be forced to sell them out of state or surrender them to the Chief of Police, without compensation. In addition, this will violate probate law.

Citizens and voters, whether or not you own a firearm, the passage of these firearms bills do not involve criminal control and public safety. It involves a POLITICAL AGENDA and the ignoring and eroding of your rights. WHAT WILL BE NEXT – free speech, right to assemble, religious freedom? A ban will deny military personnel the right to bring their personal firearms to Hawaii during their tour of duty. We trust them with government arms, why not their own?

Hawaiiʼs responsible gun owners urge you to let your Federal, State and local officials know that you donʼt want your rights infringed, that you do want effective anti- crime measures enacted. Remind them that the incumbent pro gun control Governors of New Jersey and Virginia were defeated in the last election, even with the support of the President and Attorney General Reno. Over 1/3 of Hawaiiʼs citizens own guns. THE TIME TO SIT AROUND AND COMPLAIN IS OVER! If you want to keep your rights, GET INVOLVED! Call, write or fax your displeasure with anti-gun owner legislation and your desire to see anti-crime legislation to your Senators and Representatives. Call the Lt. Governor’s office @586-0255 to find the name and number of your Senator and Representative. Call, write or fax your national Senators and Representatives, also, because anti-gun owner laws are being proposed at the national level and pushed by the President. The State and National governments are telling you that they don’t trust you to exercise your constitutional rights. They would rather pass laws that WILL MAKE YOU A CRIMINAL than laws that fight crime. Do you trust them? Congress has a higher conviction rate than the general population. Look for petitions against proposed anti-gun owner laws and sign them. If you need more information about pending and past legislation or how to testify, contact the HRA HOTLINE @261-2754. Call Senator Tom @586-6490 for the HEARING DATE & TIME (ask for a Saturday hearing.) A Pro-firearms Ownership Demonstration is planned on the Capitol grounds before the House hearing. CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES NOW, THE FOCUS IS ON THEM!

This educational information and call to action is brought to you by the following organizations representative of the more than 200,000 legal gun owners throughout the State of Hawaii:
Honolulu Gun Club
Big Island Gun Club
Big Island Trap Shooters
Chinese Gun Club
Filipino-American Sportsmenʼs Club
Garden Island Shooting Club
Hawaii Historic Arms Assn
Maui Trap & Gun Club
Hawaii Skeet Shooting Assn.
Hawaii Metallic Silhouette Shooters
Hawaii Precision Airgun Club
Hawaii Rifle Association
Honolulu Gun Club
K-Bay Rod & Gun Club
Kahuku Practical Pistol Club (Cpt. Cook)”
Kauai Hunting Association
North Kohola Gun Club
Koko Head Skeet Club
Maui Clay Target Assn.
2nd Amendment Foundation
Media Shooting Club
Mid Pacific Pistol League
Pig Hunters Assn. of O’ahu
Koko Head Gun Club
National Wild Turkey Federation (HI)
Puuloa Rifle & Pistol Club
Hawaii State Trap Assn. (Hilo)
Safari Club International
Schofield Rod & Gun Club
Single Action Shootists Hawaii
Valley Isle Sport Shooters
Waikoloa Trap Club
West Hawaii Shooting Club
Wheeler Rod & Gun Club
Ladies Involved in Firearms Education
Honolulu Police Pistol Club, Inc.

Pakes at Gettysburg

Pakes’ at Gettysburg

Darryl Choy

Originally appeared in the 4/1999 Newsletter

The HHAA November issue contained a reprint of an article appearing in “CIVIL WAR TIMES ILLUSTRATED” dated September/October 1994 regarding one Joseph Pierce, a Chinese soldier in Company F, 14th Connecticut , 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division in Hanncock’s II Corps. Armed with Sharp’s Rifles, the 14th Defended against Pickett’s Charge on the left side of”tbe Angle”,

Research indicates two more Pake Yanks at Gettysburg. John Tommy was in the 70th New York 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division in Sickle’s III Corps who was mortally wounded on the second day in the Peach Orchard when Wilcox’s Alabama Infantry broke the the New York’s line and Barksdale Mississippians swept them in a flanking movement.

A third unnamed Pake served in the 43rd New York. 3rd Brigade, 2ud Division Sedgwick’s VI Corps. This Corps was deployed between the V and TCorps during Pickett’fs charge, but saw  little Action.

No word yet on Pakes in Gray or Butternut ….

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