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Held at the Jacksonville Police Pistol Range
July 29 through August 1, 1954

Favored To Win Southeastern Pistol Shoot

JACKSONVILLE - Master Sgt. Huelet (Joe) Benner, three-times national pistol champion, is favored to win the Southeastern regional pistol matches opening here today.

About 250 military, police and civilian experts are competing in the four-day event. The top individual scorer over the three days will win a free trip to the national matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, next month.

Army and Marine teams appear to have the most strength.

Benner, in addition to past national titlist, is Olympics slow fire and international rapid fire champion

The News-Tribune, Fort Pierce, Florida, Thursday, July 29, 1954

U.S. ARMY TEAM SCORES

Edges Marine Corps in Pistol Match by 1,149 to 1,144

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 31 - The U.S. Army pistol squad today took the second of three team matches in the Southeastern regional pistol matches, edging the second-place U.S. Marine Corps team, 1,149 to 1,144.

Sgt. Huelet (Joe) Benner, West Point, N.Y., who won the .22 caliber pistol championship Friday by 1 point, increased his lead over Lieut. Col. Walter Walsh, U.S. Marine Corps, Arlington, Va., by winning the .38-caliber aggregate today with an 881, 7 points better than Walsh.

Benner's combined .22 and .38 caliber score of 1,760 was good enough for first place also. Walsh trailed in the combined aggregate by 8 points.

The New York Times, Sunday, August 1, 1954

Army Sergeant Wins Southeastern Pistol Matches - As Usual

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As usual M.Sgt. Huelet (Joe) Benner was the whole show in the Southeastern Regional pistol matches which ended here yesterday.

The Army Sergeant from West Point has been national pistol champion three times won every major title in the regional. He scored 2,625 of a possible 2,700 in the combined .22, .38 and .45 caliber events for the grand aggregate.

Anyting over 2,600 is terrific. In fact, only 10 men in all recorded pistol shooting were credited with that high a score until yesterday. Then Marine Lt. Thomas Mitchell of Camp Lejeune, N.C., became the 11th with a score of 2,603 for runner-up honors to Benner.

Benner won the .45 caliber event with a score of 865 of a possible 900. Previous days he had won the .22 and .38 caliber and rapid fire and slow fire matches.

The Marines won the team title in .45 competition with 1,127 of a possible 1,200. The Army team was second with 1,111. It was the first Marine victory after the Army won .22 and .38 matches.

The Tuscaloosa News, Monday, August 2, 1954

Benner Wins Pistol Title

Benning Firers Win Trophies At Southeast Championships

HEADQUARTERS THIRD ARMY, Ft. McPherson, Ga. — M-Sgt. Joe Benner, West Point, won the Southeastern Regional Pistol Championship which ended Sunday at Jacksonville, Fla., with a score of 2625 of a possible 2700 points.

Other Army Pistol shots came away with most of the honors in the three-day series of matches which included both civilian and military firers. The U.S. Army Pistol Team which has been training at Fort Benning won two of the three-team events by edging out a strong Marine Corps team in the 22 caliber class, with a score of 1160 to 1159, and the center fire team championship with a score of 1149 to 1144, but were edged in the .45 caliber matches by a hot Marine Corps team which scored 1126 to the Army's 1111 points.

In the expert class grand aggregate, another Army man, M-Sgt. Maurice Belisle, Fort Hood, Texas, posted a winning score of 2542 points. He also won the National Match Course event with 284 of a possible 300 points. M-Sgt. Ralph Edwards, Fort Sill, Okla., won the sharpshooter class grand aggregate with 2458, giving the Army three of the four possible individual aggregate championships.

In all, Army shooters won 145 individual medals and awards and 44 team medals.

Several firers from Fort Benning were included in the list of top firers: Lt. Col. Ellis Lea who captains the Army team fired on the winning .38 caliber Army Squad, which was captained by Lt. Billy O. Heath, Lt. Col. Chester T. Harvie was second place firer in the expert class rapid fire match. Col. Harvie also took first in the Master Class National Match Course. In the Timed Fired Expert Class match, Sgt. Robert Fritz was second place firer.

The Bayonet, Friday, August 12, 1954

News Photo
Grand Aggregate
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency .22 Caliber Center-Fire .45 Caliber Total
1 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
879 881 865 2625
2 Thomas R. Mitchell U.S. Marine Corps
Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- - - 2603
3 Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps
Arlington, Va.
878 874 837 2589
4 Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
- - - -
5 Oscar K. Weinmeister U.S. Army
Fort Knox, Ky.
- - - -
High
Expert
Maurice Belisle U.S. Army
Fort Hood, Tex.
872 832 828 2532
High
Sharpshooter
Ralph A. Edwards U.S. Army
Fort Sill, Okla.
- 838 - 2458
High
Marksman
A. L. Peltier - - - - 2275
High Woman
& Civilian
Lucile Chambliss Winter Haven, Fla. - - - 2555

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.45 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Service Branch/Agency Score
1 U.S. Marine Corps No. 1
(W. Walsh, T. R. Mitchell, J. M. Jagoda & W. W. McMillan)
1127
2 U.S. Army No. 1
(E. Lea, W. A. Hancock, H. L. Benner, O. K. Weinmeister & Chester Harvie)
1111

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.38 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Service Branch/Agency Score
1 U.S. Army No. 1
(E. Lea, W. A. Hancock, H. L. Benner, O. K. Weinmeister & Chester Harvie)
1149
2 Marine Corps No. 1
(W. Walsh, T. R. Mitchell, J. M. Jagoda & W. W. McMillan)

1144
3 - -

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.22 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Service Branch/Agency Score
1 U.S. Army No. 1
(E. Lea, W. A. Hancock, H. L. Benner, O. K. Weinmeister & Chester Harvie)
1160
2 Marine Corps No. 1
(W. Walsh, T. R. Mitchell, J. M. Jagoda & W. W. McMillan)

1159
3 - -

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.45 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Total
1 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
865
High
Expert
Maurice Belisle U.S. Army
Fort Hood, Tex.
828
High
Sharpshooter
Paul L. Blazejowski - 825
High
Marksman
Ramon M. Martines - 753

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.45 Caliber Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source: -)


.45 Caliber Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source: -)


.45 Caliber Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source: )


.45 Caliber National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source: -)


.38 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Total
1 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
881
2 Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps
Arlington, Va.
874
HIgh
Expert
Enrique Borbonet - 855
High
Sharpshooter
Ralph A. Edwards U.S. Army
Fort Sill, Okla.
838
High
Marksman
F. F. Townsend - 765

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.38 Caliber Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source: -)


.38 Caliber Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
200

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.38 Caliber Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source: -)


.38 Caliber National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
292

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.22 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Total
1 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
879
2 Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps
Arlington, Va.
878
High
Expert
Maurice Belisle U.S. Army
Fort Hood, Tex.
872
High
Sharpshooter
Godofredo Basso - 848
High Marksman Edwin Bradley - 818

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.22 Caliber Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
194

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No. 1)


.22 Caliber Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source: -)


.22 Caliber Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source: -)


.22 Caliber National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source: -)


International Slow Fire
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
545

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No.1)


International Rapid Fire
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
587

(Source: NRA Tournament News, August 1954, Vol. 5, No.1)


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