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Re: Turn in's, and Re-issues
Posted by John S. on Tuesday, 7 November 2017, at 12:58 a.m., in response to Re: Turn in's, and Re-issues, posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 6 November 2017, at 8:27 p.m.
I do not know either. I suspect it may have been something done at the company or squad level, not an official policy from the Ordnance department or major headquarters. Perhaps it was nothing more than old habits left over from the Civil War where arms were finished bright and would be polished (with brick dust and oil, IIRC) to remove rust and keep them nice and shiny.
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