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Old 07-15-2018, 10:32 AM
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Being an Ohio native, I was interested in this thread. I had two high school friends who went on to become OSP troopers, one of whom married one of my HS girlfriends. I haven't seen either one since, obviously both are long retired by now if still living.
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Congratulations on a well done research project and a great find. This thread has been a very interesting read!

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There are a lot of great aspects to this story, Officer Whipple being front and center. He looked like a real old school, no nonsense, tough guy. He certainly did provide 'meritorious service', as they said.

The other aspect that struck me was the way Tom acquired this. That, too, was sort of old school. On the way to the big city to make an airport run, decides in advance to stop at the last day of the gun show, searches the whole place and on the last aisle finds a gem. Now THAT'S what a dedicated collector will do. I am happy that Tom was rewarded for his effort and that a wonderful gun found a home with a Smith collector who will treasure it. As newspaper reporters used to say, this was a real "feel good story".
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Charlie,

The planets lined up the day I came across this one that is for sure.
So many variables were in play and for some reason I was at the right place at the right time.

That said I certainly feel honored to own this piece and to have been able to put together it's history with the man who earned it!
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Belated thanks for posting this story; great work. An iconic tribute to the man and his times, in my opinion.

For your consideration: this gun, along with your accumulated historical documentation, would make for a great display at some future SWCA symposium. -S2
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Old 07-17-2018, 12:09 PM
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Great find, congrats!!
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Belated thanks for posting this story; great work. An iconic tribute to the man and his times, in my opinion.

For your consideration: this gun, along with your accumulated historical documentation, would make for a great display at some future SWCA symposium. -S2
Although I have yet to attend a symposium - I would certainly like to do so some day and I will consider doing a display of the "Whipple" Award S&W. Thanks for the suggestion!
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