Two U.S. Artillerymen - 150 years apart

parsonwalker

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My friend is a Vietnam veteran who served in the artillery. His Virginia land saw action over 150 years before. The finds were sparse but when I finally snuck up on a good relic, I was so happy to see this come up out of the sand. I wanted to confirm his beliefs about what happened on his family property. He had been following me with a stool to rest and watch me hunt (his knees aren't what they should be). I dug this up, turned to him and said, "You served your country in the artillery. From one artillaryman to another, 150 years apart, this is his gift and gratitude to you. And I also thank you for your service." He told me to keep it, but I said, I'd rather YOU have it. The next day, he told me he had stayed up half the night researching the back mark and he told me everything there was to know about Horstmann. I wouldn't take 50 bucks for this little experience.
 
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My friend is a Vietnam veteran who served in the artillery. His Virginia land saw action over 150 years before. The finds were sparse but when I finally snuck up on a good relic, I was so happy to see this come up out of the sand. I wanted to confirm his beliefs about what happened on his family property. He had been following me with a stool to rest and watch me hunt (his knees aren't what they should be). I dug this up, turned to him and said, "You served your country in the artillery. From one artillaryman to another, 150 years apart, this is his gift and gratitude to you. And I also thank you for your service." He told me to keep it, but I said, I'd rather YOU have it. The next day, he told me he had stayed up half the night researching the back mark and he told me everything there was to know about Horstmann. I wouldn't take 50 bucks for this little experience.
That’s an excellent find, and a genuine class move on your part in giving it to your friend!
 

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My friend is a Vietnam veteran who served in the artillery. His Virginia land saw action over 150 years before. The finds were sparse but when I finally snuck up on a good relic, I was so happy to see this come up out of the sand. I wanted to confirm his beliefs about what happened on his family property. He had been following me with a stool to rest and watch me hunt (his knees aren't what they should be). I dug this up, turned to him and said, "You served your country in the artillery. From one artillaryman to another, 150 years apart, this is his gift and gratitude to you. And I also thank you for your service." He told me to keep it, but I said, I'd rather YOU have it. The next day, he told me he had stayed up half the night researching the back mark and he told me everything there was to know about Horstmann. I wouldn't take 50 bucks for this little experience.
That is a touching story.
Thank you for sharing this :)
 

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My friend is a Vietnam veteran who served in the artillery. His Virginia land saw action over 150 years before. The finds were sparse but when I finally snuck up on a good relic, I was so happy to see this come up out of the sand. I wanted to confirm his beliefs about what happened on his family property. He had been following me with a stool to rest and watch me hunt (his knees aren't what they should be). I dug this up, turned to him and said, "You served your country in the artillery. From one artillaryman to another, 150 years apart, this is his gift and gratitude to you. And I also thank you for your service." He told me to keep it, but I said, I'd rather YOU have it. The next day, he told me he had stayed up half the night researching the back mark and he told me everything there was to know about Horstmann. I wouldn't take 50 bucks for this little experience.
Nice!!! Congrats!!!!
 

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:headbang::hello2::notworthy: 1/41 Field Artillery, 56th FAB, US Army, 1973-'76
 
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:headbang::hello2::notworthy: 1/41 Field Artillery, 56th FAB, US Army, 1973-'76
Terry - Please know that those of us who didn't have to go, have a great admiration and respect for those of you who DID. You have my personal gratitude as well.
 

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Great Save and Find on the CW Eagle A Artillery button. That was a Class Act move on your part to gift this relic to your veteran buddy. What a story. Some 150 years apart, your friend went to Southeast Asia to fight in a war serving in the Artillery. This Historic relic came from his own piece of property dropped or lost by a fellow Artilleryman from the CW, from the U.S. Army, again, some 150 years prior. Thanks for sharing this story. Job Well Done sir
 

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Your one of the few who has a great heart and really make me have faith that there more out there like you.
Thank You
 

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My friend is a Vietnam veteran who served in the artillery. His Virginia land saw action over 150 years before. The finds were sparse but when I finally snuck up on a good relic, I was so happy to see this come up out of the sand. I wanted to confirm his beliefs about what happened on his family property. He had been following me with a stool to rest and watch me hunt (his knees aren't what they should be). I dug this up, turned to him and said, "You served your country in the artillery. From one artillaryman to another, 150 years apart, this is his gift and gratitude to you. And I also thank you for your service." He told me to keep it, but I said, I'd rather YOU have it. The next day, he told me he had stayed up half the night researching the back mark and he told me everything there was to know about Horstmann. I wouldn't take 50 bucks for this little experience.
love that find, love the story even more. thanks for posting
 

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