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84-Year-Old Vet Uses Korean War Weapon to Shoot Would-Be Robber
hestir.cafemom. ^ | on May 9, 2012 at 11:03 PM | Posted by Janelle Harris

Posted on 05/22/2012 2:50:33 PM PDT by dennisw

When soldiers come home from their tours of duty, they generally don’t have a need to pull their weapons out anymore. But 84-year-old vet Fred Ricciutti held on to his, and it’s a good thing he did. He was forced to use the same gun he carried on the frontlines of the Korean War in the early 1950’s to shoot a prowler who broke into his Pittsburgh-area home on Tuesday. Sixty years later, it still does what it’s supposed to do. Too bad somebody had to find that out the hard way.

Turns out next door neighbor Raymond Hiles, 25, had broken into the home the elderly man shares with his wife around 4:30 in the morning, ostensibly to rob them. The couple was staying downstairs because Mrs. Ricciutti was sick, but apparently her hubby kept his heat stashed conveniently in various areas of the house. He opened a drawer, pulled out his gun, yelled a warning, and fired a shot that hit Hiles right in his neck and of course, thwarted his breaking and entering.

This isn’t the moral of the story just yet, but this seems like a good place to stop and just ruminate on Hiles’ behalf. Think senior citizens are an easy target for crime? Bet he wasn’t banking on the man of the house being a gun-blazin’ sharpshooter with the aim of a guy half his age. So the perpetrator, in this case, ended up being a surprise victim. "In the war, I experienced a lot of bad things, but I had never experienced that in my own house," the Italy-born Ricciutti said about the invasion. Sorry you had to go through that, but good for you nonetheless, sir.

There’s more. Hiles’ family, who live across the street from the Ricciuttis, came over after word got around of the incident and tearfully apologized for his actions. "I know the family. They're good people," the older man said. He forgave them, he added, because he couldn't hold them responsible for Hiles' actions. Considering some neighbors develop all-out vendettas against one another other for letting the grass grow too high, that’s amazing.

As for Hiles, he was arrested a few blocks away carrying a screwdriver and a stun gun, which the doofus thankfully never got a chance to use. That man was really going to go in and shake those poor old folks up—right across the street from his family home, at that. I can only think of one thing that would drive an otherwise normal man to creep into the home of his aged neighbors in the middle of the night. At any rate, he's being held on $100,000 bail on charges including criminal trespass and burglary.

No charges will be brought against Ricciutti, however, who is now a hero three times over: once for his service in the war, once for protecting his wife and his home, and once for immediately extending the kind of forgiveness that people talk about, but rarely demonstrate.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist

1 posted on 05/22/2012 2:50:37 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw
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Don't mess with Fred Ricciutti
2 posted on 05/22/2012 2:51:50 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw
Too bad Good thing somebody scumbag had to find that out the hard way.
3 posted on 05/22/2012 2:53:15 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: dennisw

Hmmmmm, I did not see mention of what the weapon was.


4 posted on 05/22/2012 2:54:18 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

My grandfather had his 45 m-1 semi auto in a calvery style holster he brought back from France after ww1. It still shoots remarkedly well.


5 posted on 05/22/2012 2:56:45 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Parley Baer

“I did not see mention of what the weapon was.

Howitzer.


6 posted on 05/22/2012 2:59:19 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Parley Baer

My guess is, since it did say it was a handgun, that it was a M1911A1 .45 cal. pistol if it was his Korean War issue weapon.


7 posted on 05/22/2012 3:01:28 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: dennisw

Shot the punk in the neck? More range time required as shot was 6 inches low.


8 posted on 05/22/2012 3:01:55 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Parley Baer
This incident was on FR a few days ago, and I believe the pistol was a Luger 9MM.
9 posted on 05/22/2012 3:03:24 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

It was definitely an AK-47, Glock, or some other kind of assault rifle, according to the media :)


10 posted on 05/22/2012 3:04:18 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: dennisw

11 posted on 05/22/2012 3:04:56 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: dennisw

What weapon did he use? 1911 or an M1 Garand?


12 posted on 05/22/2012 3:05:15 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: dennisw

Good for Fred Ricciutti . This kind of story warms my heart.


13 posted on 05/22/2012 3:05:30 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: SandRat

“What weapon did he use? 1911 or an M1 Garand?”

Either one and the perp should feel lucky his head is still attached after a neck shot....red


14 posted on 05/22/2012 3:08:53 PM PDT by rednek ("Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.")
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To: SandRat

Had to be the 1911. If the perp had been grazed in the neck with a thirty-ought-six there’d be no head still attached.


15 posted on 05/22/2012 3:09:01 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Parley Baer
Yep, Luger: “84-year-old veteran Fred Ricciutti defended his home against an intruder with a Luger pistol from the Second World War.”
16 posted on 05/22/2012 3:10:27 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Too bad it wasn’t the Garand.

Would have garnered the Dirty Harry motto, “No trial, No reprt to file!”


17 posted on 05/22/2012 3:12:40 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Parley Baer

I assume it was a 1911 Colt.


18 posted on 05/22/2012 3:12:51 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: SandRat

It says he pulled it out of a drawer so I’m thinking it was a 1911


19 posted on 05/22/2012 3:14:37 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: SandRat

I’m thinking that if he had been shot in the neck (at close range) with an M1, the dirtbags head would be dangling from rags of shreaded flesh. Dead.


20 posted on 05/22/2012 3:25:50 PM PDT by Afterguard
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21 posted on 05/22/2012 3:27:12 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Afterguard

As it should have been.


22 posted on 05/22/2012 3:29:07 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Jeff Head
My guess is, since it did say it was a handgun, that it was a M1911A1 .45 cal. pistol if it was his Korean War issue weapon.

Most likely, many Korean War soldiers and Marines learned quickly the value of the .45 when you have a Chinese get in your foxhole at 2 AM in pitch dark with you silently probing for intel.

23 posted on 05/22/2012 3:29:42 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: dennisw

Daddy always said, "Take care of your tools and they'll take care of you."


24 posted on 05/22/2012 3:35:29 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

You’ve got me beat. I was thinking ‘106 rec rifle’, as I was reading the story.


25 posted on 05/22/2012 4:00:33 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: The Antiyuppie
It was definitely an AK-47, Glock, or some other kind of assault rifle, according to the media :)


26 posted on 05/22/2012 4:06:09 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: RandallFlagg

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27 posted on 05/22/2012 4:17:33 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: dennisw

I like crime stories with happy endings.


28 posted on 05/22/2012 4:59:28 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Parley Baer

It’s a pistol. If it really was his issued gun it was either a .45 1911 or a .38 revolver. Some branches permitted officers to carry private purchase revolvers, and some rear-echelon enlisted men were issued revolvers as late as Vietnam. Pilots and aircrew were issued .38 revolvers as late as the ‘90s.


29 posted on 05/23/2012 6:06:12 AM PDT by jboot (Emperor: "How will this end?" Kosh: "In fire.")
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