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August DIETRICH
Posted by: Kurt (ID *****8994) Date: March 17, 2003 at 18:24:28
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From the December 15, 1923 issue of American Rifleman magazine, an obituary for August Dietrich as follows: Sergeant August Dietrich, for many years one of the leading figures at the Sea Girt range, has answered the last roll call. He passed away at his late residence No. 90 North Fourth Street, Paterson, N.J., at the age of 65 years. "Gus" Dietrich, as he was affectionately known to the riflemen of New Jersey, joined the New Jersey National Guard back in 1883 when a company was organized in his home city. He had beena member of one of the old time rifle clubs and brought his skill and enthusiasm to the new military company. Perhaps to him more than to any other man his regiment is indebted for its reputation as the best regiment of rifle shots in the state. He was the first member of the regiment to qualify as an expert and was the winner of the Governor's Championship Medal in 1903, the Perrine Medal in the same year and the Judd trophy in 1890. He was a member of the team which won the "Soldier of Marathon" trophy in 1887 and in every subsequent year up to and including 1897. He was a charter member of the Columbia Rifle Club of Paterson, one of theleading Schuetzen Clubs of New Jersey, and was just as expert with the "free" rifle as he was with the military arm. "Gus" was on the outdoor small bore range of this club on Armistice Day and put up good scores. On that day the club which is affiliated with the N.R.A., had completed arrangements for a range for the .30 calibre, and Dietrich showeed his usual enthusiasm in the discussion of plans for the outdoor season of 1924. To almost his last request was that a firing squad be at his grave side, and so on Tuesday, December 11th, when all that was mortal of Gus Dietrich was laid with Mother Earth, members of his old regiment and an Overseas Bugler rendered to a good soldier the last sad service.


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