At Appleseed events, we tell the story of “dangerous old men,” some of the aged veterans of King George’s War (1744-48) and the French and Indian War (1754-63), who turned out to fight on April 19, 1775. Despite their silvering hair and wrinkled skin, these veterans sent many a Redcoat to meet his maker that day, and one man, Hezekiah Wyman, was so deadly accurate that he was compared to Death himself.
The U.S. Army Marskmanship Unit (AMU), recently awarded another dangerous old man a coveted black hat… among other things:
Ted Gundy, an 86-year-old World Wat [sic] II sniper, was awarded the “black hat,” one of the highest awards of the marksmanship unit, during his visit to Ft. Benning, Ga. He got a few other surprises along the way.
He was presented with an exact replica of the rifle he used during the Battles of the Buldge [sic] and Bastogne, a 1903 Springfield A4 sniper rifle. It must have seemed like old home week as he hit the target — three hits for three shots — at three hundred yards — three football fields.
He was then given the opportunity to try modern equipment on a target 1,000 yards away.
He didn’t just “try” the modern Remington 700s used by the AMU. He owned it. Few men 1/2 his age have a fraction of his skill.
Nicely done, shooter.