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Old 11-19-2018, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default Heroes Hidden in Plain Sight: The Browning Automatic Rifle

A guy I used to work with was a BAR gunner in Korea. He said he carried the BAR, ammo, a shotgun, and a .45. Must have worked for him, since he came home in one piece.

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Mr. Roberson was an unassuming old guy who looked like everybody’s grandfather. Whenever he came to the clinic he always wore the same uniform—a pair of bib overalls over a pressed collared shirt buttoned at the neck and wrists along with a dapper ball cap. When first I saw him as a patient it was for arm pain.

My friend carried fragments from a German Stielhandgranate in his arm for more than half a century.

I asked him to unbutton his sleeve so I could take a look and noticed a mass of scars on his forearm. I innocently inquired as to the source. He quietly explained that he still carried fragments from a German potato masher grenade left over from World War 2.

This quiet farmer who lived down the road from me had done some truly amazing things.

It turned out that Mr. Roberson was my neighbor down the road, and he ultimately shared a lot of stories. A literal lifetime before this unassuming Mississippi farmer carried a Browning Automatic Rifle as a member of the 5th Ranger Battalion in World War 2. On June 6th, 1944, he landed in the first wave on Omaha Beach fighting alongside the 116th Infantry Regiment. We’ve all seen Saving Private Ryan. That was his unit. That was this man.
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Great read!!
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Old 11-21-2018, 02:16 PM   #5
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The BAR...is a weapon that is REALLY HARD to dislike. I wish I still had one.
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There was an old guy in Troy, NC that had one....it's a bit heavy for me, but got the job done in the war.
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Old 12-05-2018, 01:51 PM   #7
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Best news is that Ohio Ordnance Works made a limited run of semi BAR's that brought new barrels into the mix.
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i dont even know what barrels' on mine.



But i'd gladly take it over a Gay-R 15 any day of the week.
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Thanks for that article, a great story about a mighty fine gentleman!
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