30. U.S. Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless General Officers Pistol belonging to Brig. Gen. Lawrence Caruthers

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serial #567842, 32 ACP, 3 3/4" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces on this nice Model M pistol retain about 98% arsenal gray-green parkerized finish, the loss due to some sharp edge and contact point wear with a few very minor abrasions on the frontstrap. The checkered walnut grips with silver Rampant Colt medallions rate very good plus showing some minor wear to the diamonds along their butt edges with a couple minor chips or compressions. All of the markings remain crisp with the left side ordnance wheel being off-center struck leaving only a partial imprint. Included with the arm is a single blued "Cal .32/Colt" marked magazine which rates excellent. Lawrence H Caruthers Jr. of Los Angeles California was the son of an artillery officer. He was commissioned Second Lieut. of field artillery after graduating the U.S.M.A. in 1942. He served with the 4th Armored Division until June 1943 when transferred to the 16th Armored Division, with that unit until January 1945 as a battery commander.After brief post-war stint in Europe he returned to the United States in 1947. He began his first of three tours at the Pentagon in 1951, leaving there in 1953, in 1954 joining the 1st Cavalry Division in Japan. He commanded the 99th Artillery Battalion, 1st Division until July 1956, then Lieut. Col. Carruthers became the Executive Officer of the 1st Cavalry Division artillery, later helped in converting it to the first missile command in the Far East. In 1966 Col. Carruthers arrived in Vietnam as commander of division artillery, 1st U.S. Infantry. When the Tet Offensive began in '68, Brig. Gen. Carruthers moved to MACV forward headquarters, where he assumed command of the Corps Artillery in March of that year. In September of that year he would be transferred to Fort Sill Oklahoma as the Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile School. His citations and decorations include: the Silver Star; the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster; Distinguished Flying Cross with one oakleaf cluster; the Bronze Star medal with "V" device and three oakleaf clusters; and the Air Medal with 22 oakleaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with two oakleaf clusters; the Purple Heart; and the Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star (Vietnam). The included factory letter shows first shipment of the arm in December 1944 to the transportation officer Springfield Armory Massachusetts.The Colt U.S. General Officers Pistol by Greeley and The Colt Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistols II by Brunner both list the pistol by serial number as having been issued to Caruthers in October 1967, and the included a Springfield Research Service letter shows issue to Caruthers in October 1967 and includes a copy of the original issue card, also dated October '67 showing issue to Brig. Gen. Lawrence Caruthers at the Headquarters, U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam. Included with the pistol is a facsimile of the general's service ribbon bar with his decorations and a United States Army official biography showing his promotions, citations and assignments, along with numerous photos. Brig. Gen. Lawrence Caruthers passed away in November 2008, his burial location remains anonymous. Both slide and frame are numbered alike and the gun functions well mechanically. A very nice example overall issued to this prominent and courageous American artilleryman. (38668-3) {C&R} (4000/6000) SOLD FOR $4,887.50

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