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91 year old Swiss Army veteran replies to new owner of K31
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:39:56 am »
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Dear Mr. Jeff Bodell,

 Your letter and documentation of my old weapon made me very surprised and gave me great [giant] happiness. Thank you very much. [The phrase "vielen herzlichen dank" roughly translates to "thank you with all my heart"]


 I am a 91 year old pensioner and live in a retirement home. I still have [good/fond] memories of my first weapon, Karabiner 146746.

 1944 hard training as soldiers in drill after the formations of the German Wehrmacht. Marching(?) and rifle drills, close combat and dive rolls in gravel pits,
visible marks on the stock.

 At the final shooting competition in the recruit school, 2nd place of 2000 competitors! (marksmanship medal)

 1946 promoted to lieutenant. Swap of the weapon Karabiner - pistol, parabellum 7.5mm (still in my possession.)

 In the 2nd World War I served 1000 service days but thank God without serious combat deployment. We're thankful for you Americans, that during the Invasion in France, you freed us and all of Europe from Hitler-Germany. You Amis [slang for Americans] deserve great thanks!

 I wish you lots of happiness with my old Karabiner and greet you with best wishes for your well-being.

 Your Willi Fässler, Arbon Switzerland
  I usually don't straight out copy stuff, but saw this on arfcom and thought it was kind of cool :D  Guy found the name tag under the buttplate of his K31 and found the original owner still living and ALSO got a letter back  :D
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    Re: 91 year old Swiss Army veteran replies to new owner of K31
    « Reply #1 on: November 23, 2014, 11:20:43 am »
    I tried mailing the closest address I could find from mine,  the guy would have been 80 at the time.   I sent a copy of the letter in English and one in German that I ran through google translate.  Didn't get a response. 
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    Re: 91 year old Swiss Army veteran replies to new owner of K31
    « Reply #2 on: November 23, 2014, 11:25:41 am »
       Mine didn't have one, hadn't been checked by the previous owner either I don't think.
    Montana"I’d say the worst part of all this is the feeling of betrayal,           but I’m betting the part where they break in here and beat us to death might be worse.”

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    Re: 91 year old Swiss Army veteran replies to new owner of K31
    « Reply #3 on: November 23, 2014, 12:34:14 pm »
    I might have had the wrong address, I couldn't find an exact match.  I just went with the closest one I could find based on the Swiss directory.   Of course, the guy could have been dead or have moved in the previous 60 years too.   
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    Re: 91 year old Swiss Army veteran replies to new owner of K31
    « Reply #4 on: November 23, 2014, 05:01:29 pm »
    THAT is very cool.
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