by: Sarah Elsesser, Palm Beach Post Updated: Nov 11, 2017 – 7:22 PM
A 90-year-old World War II veteran who described being a Marine as the “high point” of his life has been reunited with his M1 Garand rifle after 73 years.
Dick Cowell was 18 and the war was in full swing when he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was handed a uniform, the rifle and some bullets.
The firearm, his sergeant told him, was now his girlfriend, his wife and his friend. He had to take it everywhere with him, he was told. And he should never, ever call it a gun – unless he wanted to stand naked in front of his company. It was a mistake he only made once.
This Veterans Day, the old Marine is reconnecting with the dented, scratched rifle that became his third arm during the war. Today, it’s a historic relic that is …