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“I thought to myself, (the FBI) might be a good outfi t to tie up with. I am not trying to pin medals on myself, but the people in the FBI knew that I was very handy with fi rearms.”


50m Free Pistol event with a fi rearm that at the time was fairly uncommon in the United States.


“The competition was, as I


Above: Walsh in 2011 holding the sidearm he carried while in the FBI Below: In Okinawa in the Marines in April 1945 Photos courtesy of Walsh family


“damn baby-faced kid.” That very same day, Walter shot and killed gangster Rusty Gibson. In 1937, posed as a salesman in a sporting goods store in Bangor, Maine, he helped bring down the Brady Gang, but not before taking two bullets, one to the chest and the other to his right hand. He shot both James Dalhover and gang leader Al Brady after being shot. He liked being with the bureau and once told a reporter: “I thought to myself, this might be a good outfi t to tie up with. I am not trying to pin medals on myself, but the people in the FBI knew that I was very handy with fi rearms.”


The Corpsman In 1938, he took a commission as a sec ond lieutenant in the Marine Corps


Re serve and by 1942 Walter Walsh went on active duty. In 1944, drawn by the intensity of World War II, he longed for a spot on the front lines, a spot he would get as a lieutenant colonel staff offi cer in the First Marine Division.


Similar to his FBI career, accounts of his courageousness and spirit as a Marine, fi ghting in World War II, are legendary. After another brief return to the FBI and the 1948 Olympic Games in London, Walsh would serve another 20-plus years in the Marines Corps as a shooting instructor until his retirement.


The Olympian In 1948, Walsh got to test his shooting prowess against the Olympic competition as a member of Team USA in London. He placed 12th in the Men’s


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remember, the usual exchanges of friendship between members of the various teams,” Walsh recalled during his interview with Abrahamson. “On some of the teams, I’m thinking of the Germans particularly, they spoke in a broken fashion, better English than we did. “… You had these people competing — they were all trying to do the same thing. They were trying to speak to each other with various degrees of diffi culty. “… It brings about a mixture


between these people. You get by with stuttering and making hand motions. It was a great experience for me. And I enjoyed it.”


At the 1952 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Shooting Championships, he won a gold medal with the U.S. team in the 25m Center-Fire Pistol event and was a silver medalist in the individual event as well. In 1972, Col. Walsh would


again participate in Olympic competition, this time as a Team Leader for the USA Shooting Team in Munich. That team won four medals and includes some of the sport’s iconic shooters including Lones Wigger, John Writer, Lanny Bassham and Margaret Murdock. “Col. Walsh was the Team Captain for the great 1966 USA World Championship Team,” remembers USA Shooting President and two-time Olympic gold medalist Gary Anderson. (Cont. on Pg. 62)


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