Held at the South Bend
Police Department Range
August 18, 1961

NO. 1 EFFORT FOR 2D ARMY

Pistol Victory Over All-Service Teams Big Thrill

By SEYMOUR S. SMITH (Sun Staff Correspondent)

Fort Meade, Md., Aug. 18 - One triumph doesn't usually make for a successful campaign, but you'd have a tough time selling that to 2d Army's pistol corps. They returned today still celebrating the most exciting 45 minutes of their season - a rude jolting of the all-service entries in the annual South Bend (Ind.) Classic.

Firing the .45-caliber weapon through horrendous weather conditions, M.Sgt. John McNeese's charges triggered 1,160x1200 against such favorites as the national kingpin M.Sgt. William Blankenship - led all-Army Blues and all-Marines, with Olympic hero Capt. William McMillan, leading from the time McNeese himself completed the opening relay.

McNeese Supervises Shooters

"I guess the little ole' country boys showed 'em," McNeese, who doubles between shooting and supervising 2d Army's pistol marksmen, bubbled. "I've been competing since 1955" - wen Army buddies persuaded him to fire for his post in Alaskan Command matches - "and I know it's the biggest thrill I've ever had."

"You realize a different kind of satisfaction in a team match, especially one like this when you knock off the big guys. Maybe it's because everyone is dependent upon each other. When you're firing individually and you throw a shof off, well, it's your problem. But do the same on the team and you're hurting three other fellows."

Poor Weather Conditions

McNeese's efforts in the rain and tornado-like winds earned 2d Army a quick 1-point edge and Spec. 3.C. Charles Tipton retained the slim margin in the next round. Sgt. 1.C. William Dunkelberger swelled the advantage to three markers and M.Sgt. Robert Pruden, matching all-Army's furious rally, protected the lead down the stretch. The Blues boom 1,158.

"Everyone has their own method on the firing line," McNeese declared, proudly pointing to his practicing championship partners, especially mentally. Mental discipline tears up a lot of shooters. They beat themselves inside their heads. None of our boys let that happen at South Bend."

The Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, August 19, 1961

Grand Aggregate
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency .22 Caliber Center-Fire .45 Caliber Grand Aggregate Total
1 - - - - - -
2 - - - - - -
3 - - - - - -

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.45 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - -

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.38 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - -

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.22 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - -

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.45 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -
2 - - -
3 - - -

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

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

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

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

(Source: )


.38 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -
2 - - -
3 - - -

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.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 - - -

(Source: )


.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 - - -

(Source: )


.22 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -
2 - - -
3 - - -

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

(Source: )


.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 - - -

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