General Officers Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistol Issued To Brigadier General

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General Officers Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistol Issued To Brigadier General
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This General Officers Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless was issued to Brigadier General Charles J. Denholm on 18 February 1965 and comes with the Department of The Army certificate of ownership and letter from the Headquarters U.S. Army Weapons Command, dated 19 February 1965 and signed by Brigadier General Roland B. Anderson. Included are a black leather holster for the 1903, a black leather holster for a revolver, Officers black leather belt with gold plated buckle, double magazine pouch with the flap embossed with the U.S. Army logo, box for the pistol and the belt buckle. General Denholm graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1938. He was the Executive Officer and commander of the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry division 1942 to 1943 earning a Silver Star and Purple Heart, Commander of the 16th Infantry Battalion, 36th Infantry division, Sicily and Italy, 1943 to 1945 earning the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, two Bronze Medals and a Purple Heart. Army Ground forces Headquarters from 1945 to 1946, earning the Legion of Merit. He served at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point (1946 to 1949), on the staff and faculty at the Command and General Staff College (1949 to 1952), Far East Armed Forces Headquarters (1952 to 1955), Chief of Staff, 2nd Army (1962), Office of the Chief of Staff, Institute for Defense Analysis (1962 to 1965), earning the Distinguished Service Medal, Commanding General, Army Security Agency (1965 to 1973) and retired in 1973 at the rank of Major General. He commanded the Army Security Agency longer than any other individual, which earned him the first Honorary Membership into the National Army Security Agency Association in 1999. General Denholm died of pneumonia on December 28, 2006 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. This pistol was manufactured in 1942. The left side of the slide is marked with the two line address/1897, 1903 patent dates, with the Rampant Colt behind the serrations and the right side is marked "COLT AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE 32 RIMLESS SMOKELESS". The left side of the frame is marked "U.S. PROPERTY" and the serial number is on the right side of the frame. The pistol is parkerized, has the standard fixed sights, has a parkerized Colt marked magazine and is fitted with checkered walnut grips with silver Colt medallions.
BBL: 3 3/4 inch round
Gauge: 32 ACP
Finish: parkerized
Grips: walnut
Serial Number: 567690
Condition: Excellent as Arsenal refurbished. The pistol retains 99% parkerized finish with some light high edge wear on the slide, and some scattered light scratches and handling marks. The grips are also excellent with some mild wear on the otherwise sharp checkering. The markings are clear. Mechanically excellent. The belt, holsters and pouch are all excellent with some minor signs of having been used in the past, mainly the magazine pouch. There is some mild flexing on the revolver holster, and the gold buckle shows a few minor scratches. A very nice documented General Officers pistol and belt rig.