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Camp Perry - Shooters' Holiday

About 15 years ago, a movie entitled "Shooters' Holiday" was made of the activities at Camp Perry, Ohio. The title of that movie best describes the 1954 National Matches held there this year from August 11 through September 5. During these three weeks there were enough widely varied activities to capture the interest of anyone concerned with guns and shooting and good fellowship.

This year there were 2,190 competitors at Camp Perry and that figure does not include relatives and friends of the competitors, or all of those who attended the schools. Just what is it that attracts so many people from all over the country to come to live and shoot at Perry each year during the National Matches?

First, there were 135 shooting matches conducted by the National Rifle Association of America. These matches were for all types of small arms - 33 for pistols and revolvers, 50 for small-bore rifle, 26 for high power rifle, 26 for muzzle-loading rifles and pistols. In addition, there were four matches - two with the Service pistol and two with the Service rifle - conducted by the U.S. Government's National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice.

Second, there were five schools (no entry requirements or fee), one school to teach novices how to shoot and four schools to teach experienced shooters how to teach other persons the mechanics and value of marksmanship, and safe gun handling.

A 104-page program was issued by the National Rifle Association to tell participants about the National Matches, the schools, housing, camp regulations, and a myriad of other detail. The Department of the Army's Circular 53, giving the rules and regulations for the National Trophy Matches and two Small Arms Firing Schools, alone runs to 23 pages.

Here is a summary of activities and participants in each of the 1954 National Matches:

Dates Activity Number of
Participants
Aug. 11-15 Small Arms Firing School, Rifle 306
Aug. 16-26 National High Power Rifle Matches 871
Aug. 21-22 Muzzle-Loading Rifle & Pistol Matches 83
Aug. 22 National Trophy Individual Rifle Matches 778
Aug. 24-26 Small Arms Firing School, Pistol 236
Aug. 24 National Trophy Rifle Team Matches 57 Teams
Aug. 25-Sept. 4 National Pistol & Revolver Matches 675
Aug. 27-30 Junior & Tyro School 107
Aug. 28-29 Hunter Safety Training School 84
Aug. 29-Sept. 1 Range Officers' & Referees' School 48
Aug. 29-Sept. 5 National Smallbore Rifle Matches 561
Sept. 4 National Trophy Individual Pistol Match 522
Sept. 4 National Trophy Pistol Team Match 46 Teams

The 1954 National Matches were sponsored and conducted by the National Rifle Association of America and the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice. The facilities at Camp Perry, Ohio, were made available for the Matches by the Adjutant General's Department of the State of Ohio. The U.S. Marine Corps provided officers to serve on the staff and personnel to operate the ranges. The U.S. Army operated the camp itself and provided a team of instructors from the Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Ga., to conduct two Small Arms Firing Schools. The Ohio National Guard provided personnel and equipment necessary to act as host for all National Guard teams attending the Matches. The U.S. Army's Chief of Ordnance supplied weapons as well as personnel to issue and repair the rifle and pistols used in some of the events at Camp Perry. The U.S. Coast Guard provided a patrol boat on Lake Erie to insure that small craft did not get into the danger area.

Excerpt from the American Rifleman Magazine

Patch Photo

Marine Corps Rifle & Pistol Team at MCRD Parris Island, S.C. on August 23, 1954

Benner Takes Rapid-Fire Pistol Meet

CAMP PERRY, Ohio, Sept. 1 (UP) MSgt Huelet Benner, pistol team coach at West Point, topped the fired for the second straight day yesterday in winning the rapid-fire competition for the American pistol team.

Benner, who won the slow-fire tryouts Sunday, scored 1,163 out of a possible 1,200 in the rapid-fire. Marine 1st Lt William McMillan, Turtle Creek, Pa., was second with 1,162; Marine Capt Thomas Mitchell, Meadows, Tex., third with 1,147 and Philip Roettinger, Washington, D.C., fourth with 1,145. Harry Reeves, Detroit, present American pistol champion, was fifth with a 1,142 score.

Arthur Jackson, Washington, D.C., topped the small-bore rifle shooting with a 2,277 out of a possible 2,400 in the semi-final tryouts for the national team.

Verle Wright, Fort Wayne, Ind., was second with 2,270.

Stars & Stripes, September 2, 1954


Cop Leading In Pistol Shoot

CAMP PERRY, Ohio, Sept. 1 (Special) - As gusty 25-mph winds quartered across the range yesterday, Lt. Harry Reeves of the Detroit police force took the lead in the first phase of the National Pistol Championship. Reeves, the defending champion, had a score of 861 out of a possible 900.

Second position was held by Ray H. Berlo, a policeman from Boston. Two members of the all-Army pistol squad were in third and fourth places. Maj William Hancock fired an 854 to trail Berlo by five points for the third spot, while CWO Oscar Weinmeister had 850 for fourth.

Hancock is stationed at Ft. Bliss, Tex., and Weinmeister is from Ft. Knox, Ky.

Caracas Meet

Matches to be fired today will be with the .38-cal pistol while yesterday's matches were with the .22-cal pistol.

Earlier, MSgt Joseph Benner, Army pistol coach from West Point and an Olympic champion, was high scorer in eliminations to select a team for the international pistol shoots in Caracas, Venezuela, AP said.

Benner totaled 1,080 points to 1,077 for Army Capt John F. Dodge, of New York City, and 1,074 for Reeves.

Following Reeves, in order were: LtCol Walter Walsh, Arlington, Va., 1,072; CWO Offutt Pinion, San Francisco, 1,065; Capt John Jagoda, Parris Island, S.C., 1,060; SC1C Luther Yocum, Norfolk, Va., 1,058; Ralphy W. Anthony, Dallas, Tex., 1,058 and 1st Lt William McMillan, Turtle Creek, Pa., 1,058.

Stars & Stripes, September 2, 1954

Detroit Policeman Nears 6th Crown In Perry Match

CAMP PERRY, Sept. 2 (Special) Detroit Police Lt Harry Reeves yesterday came a step closer with his bid to retain the national individual pistol championship.

At the conclusion of yesterday's matches Reeves had a combined aggregate of 1,731 out of a possible 1,800, as the tourney neared the two-thirds mark.

His margin virtually assures him of his sixth championship when the third and final round is fired today. He would be the first person ever to win the pistol crown that many times.

Raymond Berlo of Boston is in second place with 1,718 points.

MSgt Huelet (Joe) Benner, of West Point, moved into fourth position in the race for the national pistol championship by winning the center fire yesterday with a score of 872 out of a possible 900.

Maj William Hancock, of Ft. Bliss, Tex., teammate of Benner, is in fifth place with a total of 1,704, eight points behind Benner.

Matches fired Tuesday were with the .22-cal pistol. Yesterday's events were fired with .38-cal pistol or larger.

The individual title race ends today with the .45-cal matches.

The national individual championship will be determined by the highest total score for all three days of firing.

The National Rifle Assn. team championships will be held Friday.

Climax of the matches will be the national trophy team and individual championship, which will be held Saturday.

Stars & Stripes, September 3, 1954

Cop Retains Pistol Crown

CAMP PERRY, Ohio, Sept. 3 (Special) - The 1954 national pistol championship was won for the sixth time yesterday by Lt Harry Reeves of the Detroit police force. Reeves, the “automatic man” of shooting, took the top pistol title again this year, beating out his nearest opponent, J. C. White of the U.S. Border Patrol, by 15 points - 2,587-2,572.

In third place was the top Army competitor, MSgt Huelet (Joe) Benner, whose name is as familiar as Reeves' in the record book, is stationed at West Point. Benner found the windy weather not to his liking, as he fell 21 points behind in the first day's firing of the .22-cal pistol to a sixth-place spot from which he never emerged.

Benner, however, won the national .45-cal individual pistol title yesterday with a score of 859, three points better than second-place Reeves. This gave the Army non-com two of three national titles - the .38-cal he won Wednesday, and the .45-cal. Reeves won the .22-cal title Tuesday.

Reeves' 1954 victory was a repeat of 1953 and the sixth time he has won the title since his first victory in 1940. Benner, the next highest winner, has won the national title three times.

Today will see the competition for the national pistol team championship with top Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and police teams vying for the title.

The national pistol matches will end tomorrow as the national trophy pistol matches, both team and individual, are fired. Gen Matthew B. Ridgway, Army Chief of Staff, will be present to confer the awards.

Stars & Stripes, September 4, 1954

Army Pistol Unit Wins .22, .38 Titles at Perry

CAMP PERRY, Ohio, Sept. 4 (INS) - The U.S. Army pistol squad successfully defended its national .22-cal team title yesterday and added the national .38-cal team laurels, but lost the national pistol team championship to the U.S. Marine Corps by 23 points.

The Marine Corps “blue” squad, which did not win a match, compiled a total score of 3,386 to the Army “red” squad score of 3,363 out of 3,600. The national pistol team championship was based on the teams' total score with .22, .38 and .45-cal pistols.

The .45-cal pistol title went to the U.S. Border Patrol with a score of 1,127 out of 1,200.

The .22-cal and .38-cal team championships went to the U.S. Army “red” and “black” teams respectively with scores of 1,146 and 1,125.

The national trophy matches for individuals and teams will be held today. These matches are sponsored by the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, an agency of the Department of the Army.

Trophy winners will receive their awards from Gen Matthew B. Ridgeway, Army Chief of Staff.

Stars & Stripes, September 5, 1954

Army Shatters Pistol Record At Perry Meet

CAMP PERRY, Ohio, Sept. 5 (INS) - The Army pistol team yesterday shattered a record which has stood since the beginning of the national matches in 1904. Army pistol shooters took both the National Trophy Individual pistol match and the National Trophy team match to conclude the 1954 matches.

Maj William Hancock, Ft. Bliss, Tex., fired 285 out of a possible 300 points to win the General Custer Trophy, emblem of victory in the International individual trophy race.

Lt Harry Reeves, of the Detroit police force, trailed Hancock by one point. LtCol Walter Walsh, USMC, placed third with 283, one point behind Reeves.

Awards for the teams and individual victories were presented by Gen John E. Dahlquist, Army Field Forces CG, Ft. Monroe, Va.

In the National Trophy pistol team match the Army “gray” squad came from behind to edge a tough Marine Corps team to win the Gold Cup Trophy with a score of 1,108 out of a possible 1,200.

Not since the national matches were instituted has any service copped both titles in the same year. This was the Army's second consecutive victory in the National Trophy team match.

Firing members of the Army's “gray” team and their individual scores were: LtCol Ellis Lea, Ft. Benning, Ga., 269; Pfc Richard Amundsen, Ft. Lewis, Wash., 279; Capt Forrest R. Smith, Ft. Riley, Kan., 278; Capt John F. Dodds, U.S. Army, Europe, 283.

The nonfirinig captain of the team was Maj Lloyd C. Hummert, Camp Chaffee, Ark. Coach was LtCol Thomas J. Sharpe, Washington.

Stars & Stripes, September 6, 1954

Army Tops Pistol Competition; Marine Team Takes Second Spot

Camp Perry, Ohio - The U.S. Army Pistol Team made a clean sweep of the National Trophy Individual and Team Championships last week.

The National Trophy Individual Championship was won by Army Maj. William Hancock of Fort Bliss, Tex., and the National Trophy Team Championship was won by the Army Grey Squad with a score of 1108 out of a possible 1200. The Marine Corps Gray Team took second place with 1105.

Maj. Hancock won the individual match with 285 out of 300 followed by Lt. Harry Reeves of the Detroit Police Department in second place with 284. LtCol. Walter R. Walsh of the Marine Corps Team had a 283 for third place.

There are two major championships in the National Matches. One is the National Trophy Championship and the other is the National Pistol Championship. The National Rifle Association sponsors the pistol championship and the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice sponsors the trophy championship.

The National Pistol Championship matches are open to all competitors while the National Trophy Matches are limited to personnel who have not fired in that particular match for two of the last three years.

The Marine Corps Blue Team took the National Pistol Team Championship and Detroit Police Lt. Harry Reeves took the National Individual Pistol Championship.

In the pistol matches, which started Tuesday, Aug. 31, the Marine Corps shooters captured only a few minor individual matches. The majority of the individual matches were won by two of the country's best marksmen, Lt. Reeves and Benner took all the important individual tests with the exception of the National Trophy Individual Match, which Maj. Hancock won.

The Marine Corps team showed its colors in the team matches by winning one and making the other competitors go down to the wire in the other.

LtCol. Walter R. Walsh, Capt. John M. Jagoda, Capt. Thomas R. Mitchell and 2dLt. William W. McMillan, Jr., comprised the Marine Corps Blue Team which won the National Pistol Team Championship.

On the individual side, LtCol. Walsh won one of the .38 caliber matches and 2dLt. McMillan won the New-Comers Match. The NRA Life Members Match was won by Capt. Mitchell.

LtCol. Philip C. Roettinger, a Marine Corps Reservist of Arlington, Va., won all first places in the individual matches under the classification, "Reserve, not on active duty."

In the International Pistol and Rifle Team semi-final tryouts the Marine Corps heavy hitters more than held their own. Col. Walsh, Col. Roettinger, Capt. Jagoda and 2dLt. McMillan earned the right to go to Fort Benning, Ga., to try out for the big International Pistol Team which will represent the U.S. in the world matches to be held in Venezuela this winter.

2dLt. James M. Smith of the Marine Corps Rifle Team was picked for the International Rifle Team tryouts which will also be held at Fort Benning.

The Parris Island Boot, Friday, September 10, 1954

Document
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2nd Lt William W. McMillan, Jr.
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2ND LT. WM. McMILLAN, JR. IS MEMBER OF CRACK
PISTOL TEAM

2nd Lt. William W. McMillan, Jr., son of William W. McMillan of 1810 James St., Monroeville, is a member of the Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol Team which captured the National Rifle Trophy Championship and National Pistol Championship.

He is also a firing member of the Pistol Team which placed second in the National Trophy Championship matches here ended September 4.

Medal Medal Medal

Newcomers Match Winner Medal, Pistol Match 1st Place Team Regular Service
and .45 Caliber 1st Place Team Regular Service Medal

News Photo

Six Island Marines received awards last Friday at a formal parade and review held on the Main parade ground. Pictured above as they salute MajGen. Edwin A. Pollock, (not shown) are, left to right, 1stLt. William W. McMillan, TSgt. Kenneth E. Broughton, SSgt. Thaddeus A. Laird, Cpl. Robert H. Capossela, Cpl. Thomas E. Brewer and Cpl. Frederick J. Olejarz.

Six Islanders Awarded At Ceremonies

Two National Trophy Match medals and five Letters of Commendation were presented to Island Marines during formal ceremonies held on the main parade ground last Friday.

Making the presentations at a formal parade and review, was MajGen. Edwin A. Pollock, commanding general.

Gen. Pollock, in behalf of the Commandant of the Marine Corps presented 1stLt. William W. McMillan with bronze and silver medals in recognition for his part in the National Rifle Association on .45 caliber Team Championship Match.

In a Letter of Commendation to TSgt. Kenneth E. Broughton, senior drill instructor of Depot Honor Platoon, 441, 2d Battalion, Gen. Pollock praised the DI for his "value contribution to the maintenance of that high level of training which has been, and must remain, so characteristic of the Marine Corps."

Also lauded by the commanding general in a Letter of Commendation for training a Depot Honor Platoon was SSgt. Thaddeus A. Laird of 3d Battalion.

A Letter of Commendation was awarded to Cpl. Robert H. Capossela, whose efforts at Weapons Battalion merited him a "well done" from Gen. Pollock.

Cpl. Thomas E. Brewer, also of Weapons Battalion, was praised for coaching 94 recruits into a qualification percentage of 88.3. His citation from the commanding general read, in part, "You are commended for your outstanding professional ability and devotion to duty on one of the most important jobs in the Marine Corps."

Gen. Pollock also commended Cpl. Frederick J. Olejarz, rifle coach at Weapons Battalion, for a job "well done." Cpl. Olejarz coached 268 recruits for a qualification percentage of 88.4.

The Parris Island Boot, Friday, February 4, 1955

National Trophy Individual Pistol Match
“General Custer Trophy”
10 shots at 50 yds., slow-fire; 10 shots at 25 yds., timed-fire
10 shots at 25 yds. rapid-fire. U.S. Caliber .45 M1911 pistol.
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Total Points
Winner William A. Hancock U.S. Army
Fort Bliss, Tex.
285
2 Harry W. Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
284
3 Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps
Arlington, Va.
283

(Source: American Rifleman, Vol. 102, No. 10, October 1954)


National Trophy Pistol Team Match
“Gold Cup Trophy”
10 shots at 50 yds., slow-fire; 10 shots at 25 yds., timed-fire
10 shots at 25 yds., rapid-fire. U.S. Caliber .45 M1911 pistol.
(Four firing members per team)
Rank Team Competitors Score
Winner U.S. Army 'Grey' E. Lea (269), F. R. Smith (278)
J. F. Dodds (282) & R. C. Amundsen (279)
1108
2 U.S. Marine Corps C. J. O'Malley, A. J. Redmond
J. P. Taylor & F. W. Filkins
1105

(Source: American Rifleman, Vol. 102, No. 10, October 1954)


National Pistol Champsionship Match No. 201
“Harrison Cup Trophy”
Aggregate of Matches 202, 203, and 204
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency .22 Caliber Center-Fire .45 Caliber Total
Winner Harry W. Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
861 870 856 2587
2 Joseph C. White, Jr. U.S. Border Patrol
New Orleans, La.
850 867 855 2572
3 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
840 872 859 2571
4 Raymond H. Berlo Boston, Mass. 859 - - 2554
5 William A. Hancock U.S. Army
Fort Bliss, Tex.
854 - - 2553
6 William W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps - - - 2551
7 Leonard M. Rizzola U.S. Navy - - - 2548
8 John C. Forman - - - - 2547
9 John W. Hurst - - - - 2542
10 William T. Toney, Jr. U.S. Border Patrol - 863 854 2536
High
Regular Service
Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
840 872 859 2571
High
Reserve
Philip C. Roettinger U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve
824 857 842 2523
High
National Guard
Daniel Reeves Tennessee
National Guard
- - 812 2452
High
Police
Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
861 870 856 2587
High
Woman
Lucille Chambliss Winter Haven, Fla. - - 813 2441
2nd High
Woman
Gertrude Backstrom Hoquiam, Wash. - 840 - 2439
3rd High
Woman
Margaret Culbertson Sierra Madre, Cal. - - - 2395
High
Civilian
Ulrich O. Drexl - - - - 2507
High
Expert
Arthur C. Mangham U.S. Air Force 831 - - 2483
High
Sharpshooter
John E. Grindell - - - - 2402
High
Marksman
John L. Keyser U.S. Air Force - - - 2348

(Source: American Rifleman, Vol. 102, No. 10, October 1954 & NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


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.22 Caliber Aggregate Championship Match 202
"Walker Trophy"
Aggregate of Matches 214, 215, 216, and 217
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
861
2 Raymond Berlo Boston, Mass. 859
3 William A. Hancock U.S. Army
Fort Bliss, Tex.
854
4 Oscar K. Weinmeister U.S. Army 850
5 Joseph C. White, Jr. U.S. Border Patrol
New Orleans, La.
850
High
Regular Service
William A. Hancock U.S. Army
Fort Bliss, Tex.
854
High
Reserve
Philip C. Roettinger U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve
824
High
National Guard
Homer G. Pearson Tennessee
National Guard
806
High
Police
Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
861
High
Woman
Helen Virginia Gardner - 803
High Civilian N. R. Plunkett - 831
High
Expert
Arthur C. Mangham U.S. Air Force 831
High
Sharpshooter
John Prehle U.S. Army 811
High
Marksman
Glenn D. Robertson U.S. Army 811

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.38 Caliber Aggregate Championship Match 203
"Colonel Gillard H. Clarke Memorial Trophy"
Aggregate of Matches 218, 219, 220, and 2221
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
872
2 Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
870
3 Joseph C. White, Jr. U.S. Border Patrol
New Orleans, La.
867
4 Offutt Pinion U.S. Navy 864
5 William T. Toney, Jr. U.S. Border Patrol 863
High
Regular Service
Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
872
High
Reserve
Philip C. Roettinger U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve
857
High
National Guard
Homer G. Pearson Tennessee
National Guard
840
High
Police
Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
870
High
Woman
Gertrude E. Backstrom Hoquiam, Wash. 840
High
Civilian
Frank Borneman - 847
High
Expert
Leonard R. Robbinson U.S. Army 849
High
Sharpshooter
Casper P. DeFino U.S. Navy 830
High
Marksman
Glenn D. Robertson U.S. Army 814

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.45 Caliber Aggregate Championship Match 204
"Orton Memorial Trophy"
Aggregate of Matches 222, 223, 224, and 225
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
859
2 Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
856
3 Joseph C. White, Jr. U.S. Border Patrol
New Orleans, La.
855
4 William T. Toney, Jr. U.S. Border Patrol 854
5 Luther W. Yocum U.S. Navy 853
High
Regular Service
Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
859
High
Reserve
Philip C. Roettinger U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve
842
High
National Guard
Daniel Reeves Tennessee
National Guard
812
High
Police
Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
856
High
Woman
Lucile W. Chambliss Winter Haven, Fla. 813
High
Civilian
Ulrich O. Drexl - 840
High
Expert
Richard C. Amundsen U.S. Army 832
High
Sharpshooter
Kenneth E. Chasteen - 798
High
Marksman
O. W. Lindholm U.S. Army 788

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


International Aggregate Match 205
Aggregate of Matches 207 and 208
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Free Pistol Rapid-Fire Total
Winner Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
- - 1128-60
High
Expert
Arthur S. Manchester U.S. Army - - 1073-60
High
Sharpshooter
Norman P. Hughes - - - 944-58
High
Marksman
William M. Harris, IV - - - 907-54

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


National Pistol Team Championships Match 206
Aggregate of Matches 2226, 227, and 228
Rank Team Competitors .22 Caliber .38 Caliber .45 Caliber Total
Winner U.S. Marine Corps 'Blue' W. R. Walsh, J. M. Jagoda
T. R. Mitchell & W. W. McMillan
1134 1125 1127 3386
2 U.S. Army 'Red' - 1146 - - 3362
High
Regular Service
U.S. Marine Corps 'Blue' W. R. Walsh, J. M. Jagoda
T. R. Mitchell & W. W. McMillan
1134 1125 1127 3386
High
Reserve
U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve 'Red'
- 1126 1084 1109 3319
High
Police
U.S. Border Patrol - - - 1127 3348
High
Civilian
Cincinnati Revolver Club - 1106 1061 1081 3248
High
Expert
U.S. Army 'Black' - 1095 1125 1109 3329
High
Sharpshooter
3rd Army 'Gold' - - - - 3176
High
Marksman
5th Army 'Blue' - 1064 1042 980 3086

(Source: American Rifleman, Vol. 102, No. 10, October 1954 & NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


NRA Life Members' Match 209
Camp Perry Course, .22 Caliber
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Thomas R. Mitchell U.S. Marine Corps 293 (98 RF, 50 2nd String)
2 John A. Crosby U.S. Air Force 293 (98 RF, 49 2nd String)
3 Thomas D. Elton U.S. Navy 293 (96 RF)
4 Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps 290
5 Jefferson J. Fell - 289 (98 RF)
High
Expert
Arthur C. Mangham U.S. Air Force 289 (94 RF)
High
Sharpshooter
George S. Sepesie - 283
High
Marksman
L. R. Colembeck - 264

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


NRA Annual Members' Match 210
Camp Perry Course, .22 Caliber
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Oscar K. Weinmeister U.S. Army 296
2 Casper DeFino U.S. Navy 295
3 Ward S. Oakley U.S. Army 293 (77 RF, 0-7)
4 William F. Sand U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 293 (97 RF, 1-7)
5 Elmer W. Hilden U.S. Border Patrol 293 (86 RF)
High
Expert
Samuel F. Rise U.S. Army 292
High
Sharpshooter
D. A. Dividio U.S. Army 288
High
Marksman
Johnnie M. Martin U.S. Army 285

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


Old-Timers' Match 211
National Match Course, any Center-fire
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Jefferson J. Fell - 286
2 Lee Chapman - 283
3 Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
282
4 Frederick J. Keifer U.S. Army 281 (99 RF)
5 Milton G. Klipfel - 281 (96 RF, 0-8)
High
Expert
Maurice E. Belisle U.S. Army 276
High
Sharpshooter
William S. Brophy, Jr. U.S. Army 259
High
Marksman
Robert L. Mayer U.S. Army 267

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


New-Comers' Match 212
National Match Course, any Center-fire
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner William W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps 285 (95 RF)
2 Richard C. Amundsen U.S. Army 285 (92 RF)
3 Thomas D. Elton U.S. Navy 281 (99 RF)
4 Frank Borneman - 281 (92 RF)
5 Joseph F. Gregory U.S. Army 279 (94 RF)
High
Expert
Lloyd C. Hummert U.S. Army 279 (93 RF)
High
Sharpshooter
Wayne Schwenke U.S. Army 277
High
Marksman
Richard L. Dalton U.S. Army 267

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


Warm-Up Match 213
National Match Course, .45 Caliber
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
288 (50 last string)
2 Charles K. Millsap U.S. Marine Corps 288 (49 last string)
3 James T. Hurt - 287
4 Roy D. Marshall - 282 (96 RF)
5 Charles R. Atkinson - 282 (95 RF)
High
Expert
Arthur C. Mangham U.S. Air Force 281
High
Sharpshooter
D. A. Dividio U.S. Army 274
High
Marksman
Paul Clark U.S. Army 268

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.22 Caliber Slow Fire Match 214
20 shots, slow-fire, 50 yds.
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
191
2 Roy D. Marshall - 188 (93 last string)
3 John C. Forman - 188 (92 last string)
4 William W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps 188 (1-7)
5 Elmer W. Hilden U.S. Border Patrol 185 (3-8)
High
Expert
T. W. Armour - 182
High
Sharpshooter
Lawrence Englert - 171
High
Marksman
Glenn D. Robertson U.S. Army 171

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.22 Caliber Timed Fire Match 215
20 shots, timed-fire, 25 yds
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Presley A. O'Gren U.S. Border Patrol 197 (0-8)
2 Joseph C. White, Jr. U.S. Border Patrol 197 (1-8)
3 Arthur J. Purser U.S. Army 196 (50 last string)
4 Robert E. Knight U.S. Army 196 (48 last string)
5 William A. Hancock U.S. Army
Fort Bliss, Tex.
195 (0-8, 49-4th)
High
Expert
Hugh Bailey - 195

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.22 Caliber Rapid Fire Match 216
20 shots, rapid-fire, 25 yds.
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner William A. Hancock U.S. Army
Fort Bliss, Tex.
197 (49 last string)
2 James Edwin Clark - 197 (48 last string)
3 Milton E. Milleman - 195 (0-8)
4 Raymond H. Berlo - 195 (2-8)
5 John M. Jagoda U.S. Marine Corps 194 (0-8, 49 last string)
High
Expert
Gil Hebard - 192
High
Sharpshooter
Phillip W. O'Dwyer U.S. Air Force 192 (48 last string)
High
Marksman
Larry E. Srock U.S. Navy 189

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.22 Caliber National Match Course Match 217
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Raymond H. Berlo Boston, Mass. 293
2 John M. Jagoda U.S. Marine Corps 292
3 Milton G. Klipfel - 291
4 Jefferson J. Fell - 288 (99 RF, 50 last string)
5 Ward S. Oakley - 288 (99 RF, 49 last string)
High
Expert
Walter H. Fortuna - 280 (100 RF)
High
Sharpshooter
Kenneth E. Chasteen - 282
High
Marksman
Robert L. Mayer - 276

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.38 Caliber Slow Fire Match 218
20 shots, slow-fire, 50 yds.
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps 191
2 Offutt Pinion U.S. Navy 190
3 Chester T. Harvie U.S. Army 189
4 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
188 (0-7)
5 William W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps 188 (1-7)
High
Expert
R. J. Fairfield, Jr. U.S. Army 185
High
Shapshooter
Wayne Schwenke U.S. Army 179
High
Marksman
David L. Davis - 175

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.38 Caliber Timed Fire Match 219
20 shots, timed-fire, 25 yds.
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Joseph C. White, Jr. U.S. Boarder Patrol
New Orleans, La.
199 (50-4th string)
2 Frederick W. Filkins U.S. Marine Corps 199 (49-5th string)
3 William W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps 198 (50-4th string, 50-3rd)
4 Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps 198 (50-4th string, 49-3rd)
5 John W. Porter - 198 (50-4th string, 48-3rd)
High
Expert
Leonard R. Robinson U.S. Army 196
High
Sharpshooter
Dave R. Bullington U.S. Army 193 (0-8)
High
Marksman
Richard L. Dalton U.S. Army 190

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.38 Caliber Rapid Fire Match 220
20 shots, rapid-fire, 25 yds.
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
198
2 Thomas J. Sharpe U.S. Army 197 (50-4th string)
3 W. F. Lafferty U.S. Army 197 (49-4th string)
4 Frederick W. Filkins U.S. Marine Corps 196 (98 shoot-off)
5 David H. Thomas U.S. Army 197 94 shoot-off)
High
Expert
Lloyd C. Hummert U.S. Army 196
High
Sharpshooter
Kenneth L. Cowan - 194
High
Marksman
John L. Keyser U.S. Air Force 184

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.38 Caliber National Match Course Match 221
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
292
2 Richard J. Hardaway U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 292 (50-2d string TF)
3 Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps 292 (49-2d string TF)
4 Raymond H. Berlo Boston, Mass. 291 (98 RF)
5 Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
291 (96 RF)
High
Expert
Maurice E. Belisle U.S. Army 287
High
Sharpshooter
Gasper P. DeFino U.S. Navy 275
High
Marksman
James D. Rose - 274

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.45 Caliber Slow Fire Match 222
20 shots, slow-fire, 50 yds.
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner John W. Hurst - 191
2 Leonard M. Rizzolla U.S. Navy 190
3 John Horian - 185 (42-2d string)
4 William A. Hancock U.S. Army
Fort Bliss, Tex.
185 (40-2d string)
5 Harry Reeves Detroit, Mich.
Police Department
184 (0-7)
High
Expert
Richard H. Gadd - 184
High
Sharpshooter
William R. Foley - 177
High
Marksman
O. W. Lindholm U.S. Army 172

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.45 Caliber Timed Fire Match 223
20 shots, timed-fire, 25 yds.
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner E. A. Beckelhymer, Jr. - 199 (50-3d string)
2 Fuzzy Farrant - 199 (49-3d string)
3 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
198 (50-3d string, 50-2d)
4 John M. Jagoda U.S. Marine Corps 198 (50-3d string, 49-2d)
5 Walter R. Stark - 198 (50-3d string, 49-2d)
High
Expert
Richard C. Amundsen U.S. Army 194
High
Sharpshooter
Kenneth E. Chasteen - 194
High
Marksman
Larry E. Srock U.S. Navy 186

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.45 Caliber Rapid Fire Match 224
20 shots, rapid-fire, 25 yds.
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner Harry Reeves

Detroit, Mich.
Police Department

195 0-8, (unbreakable tie 48 shoot-off)
2 Frederick W. Filkins U.S. Marine Corps 195 (0-8, unbreakable tie 44 shoot-off)
3 William W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps 195 (1-8)
4 Donald C. King - 194 (0-8, 48-4th string)
5 Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps 194 (0-8, 47-4th string)
High
Expert
Leonard R. Robinson - 192
High
Sharpshooter
Perry T. Thompson, Jr. U.S. Navy 184

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


.45 Caliber National Match Course Match 225
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
Winner William T. Toney, Jr. U.S. Boarder Patrol 288
2 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
287
3 Luther W. Yocum U.S. Navy 287
4 William H. Mellon - 285 (99 RF)
5 Chester T. Harvie U.S. Army 285 (95 RF)
High
Expert
Maurice E. Belisle U.S. Army 280
High
Sharpshooter
Raymond D. Cannon, Jr. - 272
High
Marksman
Thomas P. Irving - 263

(Source: NRA Tournament News, Vol. 5, No. 2, Sep-Oct 1954)


National .22 Caliber Team Championship Match 226
“High Standard Trophy”
National Match Course
Rank Team Competitors Score
Winner U.S. Army 'Red' - 1146
2 U.S. Army 'White' - 1144
High
Regular Service
U.S. Army 'Red' - 1146
High
Reserve
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 'Red' - 1126
High
Police
Detroit Police 'A' - 1138
High
Civilian
Alamo Pistol Club - 1120
High
Expert
3rd Army 'Blue' - 1115
High
Sharpshooter
1st Army 'White' - 1095
High
Marksman
5th Army Area 'Blue' - 1064

(Source: American Rifleman, Vol. 102, No. 10, October 1954)


National .38 Caliber Team Championship Match 227
“Smith & Wesson Trophy”
National Match Course
Rank Team Competitors Score
Winner U.S. Army 'Black' - 1125 (382 RF)
2 U.S. Marine Corps 'Blue' W. R. Walsh, J. M. Jagoda
T. R. Mitchell & W. W. McMillan
1125 (379 RF)
High
Regular Service
U.S. Army 'Black' - 1125 (382 RF)
High
Reserive
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 'Red' - 1084
High
Police
Los Angeles Police Department - 1104
High
Civilian
Cincinnati Revolver Club - 1061
High
Expert
U.S. Coast Guard 'White' - 1081
High
Sharpshooter
1st Army Reserve - 1057
High
Marksman
5th Army Area 'Blue' - 1042

(Source: American Rifleman, Vol. 102, No. 10, October 1954)


National .45 Caliber Team Championship Match 228
“Colt Trophy”
National Match Course
Rank Team Competitors Score
Winner U.S. Border Patrol - 1127 (383 RF)
2 U.S. Marine Corps 'Blue' W. R. Walsh, J. M. Jagoda
T. R. Mitchell & W. W. McMillan
1127 (382 RF)
High
Regular Service
U.S. Marine Corps 'Blue' W. R. Walsh, J. M. Jagoda
T. R. Mitchell & W. W. McMillan
1127
High
Reserve
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 'Red' - 1109
High
Police
U.S. Boarder Patrol - 1127
High
Civilian
Cincinnati Revolver Club - 1081
High
Expert
U.S. Army 'Black' - 1109
High
Sharpshooter
5th Army Area 'Red' - 1063
High
Marksman
5th Army Area 'Blue' - 980

(Source: American Rifleman, Vol. 102, No. 10, October 1954)


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