Most people don't have a clue....what an accomplished rifleman can do with a good rifle and scope! Roland Fisher accomplished what he was given an award for and as for determining distances during WWI...there was very accurate distance measuring equipment available at the time and the old '06 round is way under-rated by those that don't know it's true capabilities!! Most likely the 5 June 1918 was the correct date of this event!
Silver Star Citation
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Awarded for actions during the World War I
By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), Private Roland Fisher (MCSN: 75993/117536), United States Marine Corps, is cited by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. Private Fisher distinguished himself by gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in action at Belleau Woods, France, 11 June 1918, while acting as a sniper under heavy enemy fire.
General Orders: GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, Citation Orders No. 9 (August 1, 1920)
Action Date: June 11, 1918
Service: Marine Corps
Company: Company G
Regiment: 5th Regiment (Marines)
Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Last edited by Sharpsman; 09-05-2010 at 11:09.
Reason: Spelling error!
According to the documents in his file, Fisher had 6 kills at 1440 yards that day, witnessed by an officer, a staff NCO, and a Sgt. The Marines killed hundreds of Germans at 800 yards that day. Marksmanship was very important in those days; and Holcomb, for instance, wanted nothing but Expert marksmen in his battalion. The French and the Germans were awed by the Marines' ability to fire accurately at long ranges.