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leader for the 1951 and 1955 Pan American Games, 1966 and 1970 World Championships, 1972 Olympic Games and 1973 CAT Games. Walsh earned Dis- tinguished Shooter badges in Rifl e, Pistol and International. He crafted his shooting life

as a kid by using a BB gun to shoot clothespins off his Aunt’s clothesline then graduating at the age of 12 to shooting a smoothbore .22 caliber rifl e at rats in the city dump on the site where the Meadowlands would one day stand. He’d later go onto join the Civilian Military Train- ing Corps (CMTC) and the New Jersey National Guard attending shooting matches at the Civilian Marksmanship Program in Camp Perry, Ohio, and winning several awards for his marksmanship skills.

Along with being an Olym- pian and distinguished shooter, Walsh was an agent in the FBI and helped bring about the fall of notorious gangsters like Arthur “Doc” Barker, Rusty Gibson, Baby Face Nelson, James Dalhover and Al Brady. In 1938, he took a commis- sion as a sec ond lieutenant in the Marine Corps Re serve and by 1942 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 ca-

reer, accounts of his courageous- ness and spirit as a Marine, fi ghting in World War II, are leg-

endary. 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 U. S. International Shoot- ing Hall of Fame was established in 1991 by the NRA International Competitions Committee and later taken over and renamed the USA Shooting Hall of Fame when USA Shooting absorbed the program in 1994. Selection criteria was established that lim- ited selection to those that had excelled in international compe- tition over an extended period of time, with special consider- ation given to those shooters in pre-1948 competitions and those who had served the U.S. Shooting Team in administrative or coaching positions. To be eli- gible, the person must have been retired from active international shooting at least fi ve years. The fi rst inductees were the four USA Shooting

Team members that

had each won at least two indi- vidual Olympic gold medals. The US Shooting


Alumni Association (USSTAA) was established in 2011 for the benefi t of all shooters, coaches and offi cials who have repre- sented the United States in an International Shooting Sports Federation- (ISSF) sanctioned match.

The objectives include

a means for former members to remain in contact with the sport and their teammates, a means of recognition of former team members, promote the tradi-


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Gary L. Anderson Lones W. Wigger, Jr.

Alfred P. Lane (pre-1948) Morris Fisher (pre-1948) Margaret Thompson Murdock Huelet (Joe) Benner

Water Stokes (pre-1948) William McMillan

Carl Osburn (pre-1948) John H. Writer

Lawrence Nuesslein (pre-1948) Thomas Sharpe (Offi cial) John R. Foster

William C. Pullum (Offi cial) Lanny R. Bassham Arthur C. Jackson Matt Dryke Arthur Cook

Tommy G. Pool Launi Meili

Joseph B. Berry (Offi cal)

Ruby Fox Daniel Carlisle

Pat (Spurgin) Pitney Walter Walsh

tions and history of international shooting competition and Team USA and inspire a new genera- tion of shooters through the pub- lication of memoirs, anecdotes, stories and lessons learned. The USSTAA encourages past mem-

Join us for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony September 21, Embassy Suites, Colorado Springs

For more information on the 2013 Alumni Reunion and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, visit www. You can also contact USSTAA President and Hall of Fame member Lones Wigger by e-mail at or by phone (719)866-4886.

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bers to support USA Shooting through memberships, donation, written articles, trophy donations, bequests or gifts of memorabilia and or fi rearms and accoutre- ments.

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