Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bronx Red Leg

--World War II M7 105 mm Howitzer, 
the stuff of poetry

From a March 15, 2013 New York Times obituary:

"Sheldon Shocket, 90 years young, Bronx native and longtime resident of Rockville Centre, World War II veteran who served in the field artillery observation battalion and could wax poetic about the 105 mm Howitzer.  He successfully charmed all those who were lucky enough to enter his orbit. Husband extraordinaire to Carol for 66 years ... Considered himself a very lucky man, and he was."

Ranger would have enjoyed tipping a glass with a man who could wax poetic over United States Army materiel.  Mr. Shocket and men like him are the ground which makes America great.

May you Rest in Peace, soldier.

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Anonymous PF Khans said...

Rest in peace, Red Leg,

PF Khans

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 1:25:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

Well, let's face it; the M101 and the M101A1 were terrific weapons; accurate, rapid-firing, easy to operate and maintain, relatively light to move and quick to bring into battery. Not surprised that out old redleg still loved him some M101 after all these years.

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 12:44:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

I should correct myself; the weapon our guy would have known was called an M2 or M2A1; the SP version you've shown is as you identified it, an M7. Damn good cannon, regardless of what you put it on.

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 1:14:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks for your input, FDC. I pulled the photo offline, and wasn't sure what I was looking at.

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 8:22:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Nikolay Levin said...

"Artillerymen have a love for their guns which is perhaps stronger than
the feeling of any soldier for his weapon or any part of his equipment."
Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 11:15:00 PM GMT-5  

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