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****SEE ADDED INFORMATION AND PHOTOS BELOW****

Had to run down to Phoenix today to pick up the family from the airport. Decided to catch the last day of a 2-day gun show beforehand. Almost left the house without any cash......glad I didn't!!!

Found this on the last isle I checked out before leaving the show......

I need to do some research on these AWARD guns and get up to speed. Not sure how many were handed out, but I know this fellow ended up shooting a bad guy dead while in pursuit.

The revolver has been carried and the right grip panel is worn from carrying. There is some light freckling on the metal, but all parts match. The recoil plate shows almost no sign of use. Stocks number to gun.

Curious if these AWARD guns were ordered up special and would letter as such? Anyone lettered one??
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:18 PM
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Very sharp revolver with an interesting history. Please keep up posted with what additional information you find.
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:23 PM
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I also posted a query for Roy on the member side......will update this thread as I learn more.

I am not actively searching out PD revolvers, but in the past few years I have picked up a St. Louis PD Model 10 and a Washington State Patrol 38/44 HD both with markings on their back straps. This one is a nice addition to the group I think.
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Hey Tom, that's a nice gun. The Ohio with wings I believe is an early Ohio State Patrol emblem. There are model 10 commeratives in the 70's with the symbol they have on the patrol car doors now. Wonder if the person or family member it went to retired in Arizona. I really need to hang with you, you find some great guns. I'll try to call you later today after the funeral. The gun should be returned back to Ohio (lol), Larry
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Larry, you may be right about the possibility that a family member of Mr. Whipple moved to AZ to retire......then sold this revolver.
Will be interesting to know what Roy tells me.
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Wow, just, Wow !

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The "Tire and Feather" or "Flying Wheel" is indeed the insignia of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. My guess it that it was probably custom engraved by someone not connected to S&W such as a jeweler. I wonder why two names, Merrell and Whipple? Nonetheless, a great find.

You might want to contact the Ohio State Highway Patrol historian, as he might be able to research who they were.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:22 AM
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It's good to see a revolver like that get owned by someone who can appreciate the firearm and also the history it represents . A lawman puts his life on the line everyday generally without even a thanks so for him to get an award like that it must have been a heck of a story .Thanks for posting please keep us updated with information as you learn more .
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I believe from a quick Google search that the "O.W. Merrell Meritorious Service Award" is an award given for Valor by the Ohio State Patrol.

Patrol announces winners of annual awards - Times Bulletin
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Here's the response from Roy on this one.....

"Tom, most of them I have lettered have been ordered by the department who is giving the award so that they generally letter to the department, but may not always list the individual. Hope that this helps. Roy"

Looks like I'll be sending off for a letter. I may send off for one for the St. Louis PD and the Washington State Patrol guns that I have as well.

Good idea about calling the Ohio State Patrol, would be nice to have more info and maybe a photo of Mr. Whipple.
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Small reference to Lt. Carl Whipple here:

http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/1950s.pdf

Also (and this may tie in) - saw this on ancestry.com

WHIPPLE, Carl W; 86; OH>Sun City West AZ; AZ Republic; 1997-12-28; pac


Looks like he was born in 1911 and lived in Delaware, OH most of his early life. Full name Carl Wesley Whipple
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This is probably him:

WHIPPLE, CARL W. was born 29 September 1911, died 26 December 1997

Obituary says only that he was born in Ohio, died in Sun City AZ, provides names of his family, and that he had also been chief of security at Good Samaritan Hospital (Sun City?). No cause of death provided.

Married wife Vera in Delaware Ohio, 8 Jan 1931.

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I wonder if in 1939, it was possible to order this gun with the small trademark like they used on engraved guns?

Seems that if they could order one they might do that to have more room to inscribe with.

I think it may letter to a shop. Hopefully at cost.
Looking forward to seeing that letter for sure.
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Wow. GREAT find!
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I sent an email to the Ohio State Patrol to see if they have a historian on staff that could possibly share some information or photos of Trooper Whipple. Probably won't get anything, but you one can hope. Will update the results.
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I received a response from the historian at the Ohio State Patrol saying that she would be happy to help me find out more about Trooper Whipple and would get back to me.

I am hoping to get a photo, an account of the incident leading up to the award and possibly a copy of the award certificate if one exists.

Hope to hear back from her next week.
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Found an email from the Ohio State Patrol Historian containing more information and a photo of Lt. Whipple. Here's some of the info received.....You can see his name on his badge if you zoom in on the photo. Some great info to have with this revolver to preserve it's history. I will send off for a letter from Roy just to complete the package.


Lt. Carl W. Whipple

Hes from our 6th Academy Class which graduated March 14, 1937.
He was promoted to Lt. on Sept. 21, 1960
He was the District 4 Warren commander from September 21, 1960 to Feb. 1964.
He was the District 11 Cleveland commander from Feb. 1964 to July 18, 1964.
He retired July 18, 1964

Ptl. Carl W. Whipple won O. W. Merrell Meritorious Service Award in 1939 for an incident which occurred on June 28, 1938.
A similar story was recorded the following month. Ptl. C. W. Whipple received a broadcast and realized that a getaway car from an armed robbery in Chillicothe was headed in his direction. Ptl. Whipple spotted the vehicle and stepped into the road to flag it to the side. Rather than stopping, the suspects sped up, trying to run him over. Ptl. Whipple dove for cover, then started in pursuit. As the speed of the chase increased, Ptl. Whipple broke out his windshield with the butt of his rifle and took aim. He held his fire long enough to pass a large group of Boy Scouts, then squeezed off two quick shots, hitting both bandits. One sustained fatal injuries and the other later admitted to the $4.10 robbery. The rifle used by Ptl. Whipple, a .45‐70 Wisconsin deer rifle, had been confiscated by Whipple several months earlier from bank robbers who fired on him during a pursuit.
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A man that breaks out his own windshield in a pursuit and hits both suspects with only a single shot needed per suspect from a .45-70 is indeed a lawman and a SHOOTER! That has to be some sort of record. Miscreants in his area would have been wise to find honest work.
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Threedflyer, a great story to go with a great revolver. Now you need to keep an eye out for his 45-70 to complete the package. Thanks for sharing!
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Great story and thanks for updating us.
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Great gun, excellent research, amazing story. Lt. Whipple was one serious LEO.
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Yes, this has been a fun project......next I will gather up a patch like the one that Lt. Whipple has on his jacket in the photo. I read that he had two sons, would be nice to find out if they are still around. Sure like to find his badge to go with the package!!
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Wow!

Truly a MAN, among men!

Thanks for sharing!
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"Meritorious" indeed!! That's an amazing tale of law enforcement.
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Thank-you for posting this as well as the follow-up.

Good job!

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I keep tellin' everybody, NEVER MESS WITH THE OHP.
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