Badass Report: Sgt Roy W. Harmon

On this day, July 12, 1944, in Italy during WWII, Sgt Harmon showed his badass bravery as acting squad leader to his men.

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Heavy machinegun fire from enemy positions, well dug in on high ground and hidden by haystacks, had stopped his company’s advance and pinned them down exposed to almost certain annihilation. Ordered to rescue the most beleaguered platoon by neutralizing the German automatic fire, he led his squad forward along a draw to the right of the trapped unit against 3 key positions which poured murderous fire into his helpless comrades. When within range, first his squad fired tracer bullets to set fire to the haystacks, but this failed. So Sgt. Harmon ordered his squad to hold their position and alone and voluntarily he began a 1-man assault.

Carrying white phosphorus grenades and a submachine gun, he skillfully took crept to within 25 yards of the first position and set the haystack afire with a grenade, killing the enemy when they attempted to flee from the inferno. Crawling toward the second machinegun emplacement, he shot and wounded, but he continued to advance and destroyed the position with hand grenades, killing all enemy occupants. He then attacked the third machinegun, crawling over ground which offered no concealment. About halfway to his objective, he was again wounded, but he struggled ahead until close enough to the third machinegun, where he raised himself to his knees to throw a grenade. He was shot and knocked down by direct enemy fire, but with magnificent effort, he rose and hurled the grenade with his last dying move and fell dead, riddled by bullets. His grenade found its mark and destroyed the last machinegun nest.

Sgt. Harmon’s extraordinary badass heroism and self-sacrifice saved a whole platoon from being wiped out, and he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was buried in Italy.

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Badass Report: Sgt. Edward Carter

Fighting from a young age…

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Another Badass Report:

Sgt Edward A. Carter Jr. grew up wanting to fight. Although born in Los Angeles, he was raised by his parents in India, then China, until he ran away from home at 15 and joined the Chinese Nationalist Army to fight the Japanese. He was eventually kicked out when it was found he was only 15, so he made his way to Europe to join the Lincoln Brigade of American volunteers fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Then in 1941 he joined the US Army and served in Germany with the 12th Armored division.

It was March 23rd 1945 when his bravery reached a peak. While riding on a tank, they were hit with bazooka fire and the tank was disabled. Sgt Carter took his remaining three guys with him and set off across a field under fire to try to reach cover. Two were killed and one was grievously wounded while trying, but Sgt Carter made it to cover although hit and wounded five times by enemy fire. His hiding spot was then attacked by a squad of eight German soldiers, but although seriously injured, he fought back, killing six of them and capturing the other two. In order to get his prisoners where they could be questioned, he knew he had to re-cross the fields of fire. So using his captured Germans as a shield from enemy fire, he overcame his injuries and forced his way back to his unit, where his prisoners turned out to have valuable information.

Sgt Carter was found in 1997 to have been overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to his African American heritage, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor.

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Badass Report: Master Sgt Vito Bertoldo

48 hours with no rest killing Germans… a serious Badass

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Another Badass Report:

Today 72 years ago, Jan 10th, 1945, US Army Master Sgt Vito Bertoldo was maybe the bravest man in France. While defending an outpost in the village of Hatten France against a massive German armored and infantry assault, he left the protection of the building and set up his belt-fed in the street to cover his unit’s retreat. Essentially alone for 12 hours he stayed and drove back the attacks in basically full view of machinegun and 88mm counterfire, taking out every Nazi he could spot.

Things really got hairy as the tanks moved up, so he moved back into his unit’s building and strapped his machinegun to a table by a window to keep up the pressure from cover. The Nazi’s brought up a tank and from only 75 yards away, put a round directly on him, blasting him across the room. But Sgt Bertoldo would not go away, and waited quietly as the tank led the infantry close to his location, then popping up in a window, he took out every one of them, killing over 20.

Moving to another building he kept up the machinegun fire for another day, until the German’s were able to get an 88mm within a few feet of his building, and putting the muzzle almost directly in his window, and blasting him across the room again. But even as dazed as he was, he went back to his gun and killed more Nazis for the rest of the day.

Another day and another wave of Germans came, this time Sgt Vito was down to grenades, and still pushed the enemy back. Then came another wave and another tank round into Vito’s holdout, and again he was blown across the room, and again he grabbed a rifle and stayed in the fight. Finally the town was abandoned, all US troops retreated thanks to Sgt Vito Bertoldo who withstood more than 48 hours straight without rest, escaping death repeatedly, and killing more than 40 Germans, wounding countless more. He was a serious Badass, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage.

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Badass Report: Sgt. John Basilone

38 kills, most at arms length…

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Another Badass Report: Today Nov 4th is the birthday of Sargent John Basilone, USMC, well known badass of Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. The sheer badassness of Sgt. Basilone cannot be contained in a post, but on Guadalcanal he severely tested the very mechanical limits of the belt-fed machineguns he had.

He repeatedly moved, ran, and repaired the belt-feds that were melting barrels throughout the night as wave after wave of Japs came on. As the guns were pushed beyond anything they could handle, the fighting became hand to hand. After surviving the night, the sun rose and the Marines still controlled Henderson Field thanks in large part to Sgt. Basilone.

No one knows how many Japs were killed by Sgt. John’s men running those guns, but a minimum of 38 kills were credited to John, most of them shot with his Colt 45 at arm’s length. He was only 26 years old and was firmly established as a true Badass. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, returned home to raise War Bond money, then joined in the landings at Iwo Jima where he was killed in action. His courage is covered in the miniseries “The Pacific”.

See more at http://www.marineswwii.com/john_basilone.php

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Badass Report: PFC Michael J. Perkins

PFC Michael J. Perkins was only 18 or 19 years old fighting in WWI in France…

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On Oct 27, 1918 PFC Michael J. Perkins and his fellow soldiers found themselves under serious grenade attack from a German fortification. Voluntarily and alone, PFC Perkins slowly crawled to the German pill box machinegun emplacement from which the grenades and machinegun attacks were coming. Awaiting his opportunity, the door was again opened for another grenade attack and he leaped, throwing his own explosive inside, then bursting in alone through the open door with his trench knife. He rushed head-long into the unknown interior and into hand-to-hand combat, killing or wounding many, and single-handedly capturing about 25 prisoners. His victory at the pill box silenced 7 machineguns. He was a serious badass and was awarded the Medal of Honor, unfortunately it was given posthumously since he was killed by artillery the day after his heroic actions.

See more at http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=323219

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Badass Report: Maj. Louis Sebille, USAF

Major Louis J. Sebille had said, “If you have to die, then take some of the enemy with you.” He was awarded the Medal of Honor for doing just that, as a pilot over Korea on Aug 5th 1950. However his status as a badass began back in WWII…

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He joined after Pearl Harbor and flew B-26 Marauders over Europe, bombing Nazis on 68 combat missions, earning 2 Flying Crosses, and 12 Air Medals.

When the Korean war began Sebille was right there, this time flying P-51 Mustangs in close air support. On Aug 5th he and his wingman spotted an enemy armored column moving in support of the battle. Their Mustangs were armed with bombs and rockets, so Sebille entered a dive bomb run. He received heavy anti-aircraft fire as pulled out, sustained severe wounds, and serious damage to his plane. His wingman tried to get him to return to the US base which was nearby, but he refused, his last words were, “”No, I’ll never make it. I’m going back and get that bastard (column)”. He forced his damaged plane to turn and line up, entered into his dive and fired all his rockets. He then chose to not pull up, using his plane with its remaining bomb as a weapon, and crashed straight into the convoy, killing a large contingent of N. Korean troops, and instantly killing himself.

As an older, experienced pilot, he had been known to tell younger pilots during training, “If you have to die, then take some of the enemy with you.” Major Louis Sebille was the first person in the new USAF to be awarded the Medal of Honor, and showed he was a badass who practiced what he taught.

For more see http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=804

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6.5×55 Swede ammo with wooden bullets?

This is original Swedish military issue M14 6.5×55 Mauser ammo, with a wooden bullet.

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(Yes, they painted the bullet red)

Here at J&G we have some of this interesting ammo in stock and we get asked, “What would I do with wooden bullet ammo?”

Good question.

Well, the Swedes came up with it to use as a blank round in practice and drills. They had a little metal cage that fit over the muzzle which would basically shatter the wooden bullet into sawdust when the blanks were fired.

So, first answer to the question is, “fire it as blanks.”

But not that many of us are out there performing parade drills or doing rifle salutes at funerals with our 6.5×55 Mausers and need blank ammo…

So, “What else can I do with it?”

Mainly just use it like any other ammo and aim and shoot it at a target. Granted, the accuracy may be less than optimal… and range is limited. But for shooting at short range, where accuracy is not important, it will put a wooden bullet through paper no problem. Granted, you are not always sure where on the paper the bullet may hit, and it may or may not hit near your point of aim, but hey, it’s still fun, right?

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It comes in 20rd boxes – also red.

Well, here are some other creative ideas our customers have come up with:

  • Use it to overcome flinching. A lot of us shooters get a bit recoil shy, even without realizing it. Firing the wooden bullet ammo lets you check your flinch when the bang goes off, but without any true recoil.
  • Use it to make a lot of noise. July 4th, New Years eve, etc come to mind. (Just don’t shoot in the air, that wooden bullet still has to come down somewhere.)
  • Scare away critters. It makes unwanted pests run if you are in a place where a real bullet cannot be used. Think of it sort of like rural crowd control.
  • Instruct a new shooter on form and control without worrying about recoil. Using wooden bullets is a good way to introduce a budding shooter to proper methods and form.
  • Paint the bullets a more normal color and use it for historical display, or for museum and reenactment use.

The best part of it is the price. As low as $1.00 per box of 20 rounds. At that price you can think up all kinds of new ways to use it. It even comes on cloth belts if you want.

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It also comes preloaded on 250rd cloth belts (to use as Christmas tree decor…)

P.S. Some have asked about pulling the bullet, dumping the powder, and reloading it with a standard metal bullet. This does work, however a close inspection of each brass case is strongly recommended. The Swedes used a lot of once fired brass to build the wooden bullet blanks. Normally this would not be an issue, except a lot of this ammo had mercuric primers, and the mercuric residue inside the cases weakens the brass from the inside, making them unsuitable for high pressure standard loads.

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