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Why Is Custer on the CMP Medals?

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Post by Orpanaut 9/14/2018, 9:49 am

Does anyone know why General Custer's image is on the pistol EIC medals from the Civilian Marksmanship Program?

Although Custer had a long military career and served with distinction in the Civil War, he's best known for his total defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.  He was an expert horseman but nothing I've read indicates that he was especially skilled with a pistol.  So why is he on the medals?

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Post by 1joel1 9/14/2018, 10:31 am

I thought I read that he graduated last in his class at West Point. 

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Post by Orpanaut 9/14/2018, 8:32 pm

1joel1 wrote:I thought I read that he graduated last in his class at West Point. 

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That's right.  Custer also set a record for demerits.

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Post by james r chapman 9/14/2018, 8:56 pm

http://thecmp.org/?s=custer
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Post by chopper 9/14/2018, 9:21 pm

I'd say he was probably a fair shot, had a trophy of him because he made US history and a lot has been written about him. It would honor him righteously, for his love of country, duty, and devotion to his wife.

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Post by Wobbley 9/14/2018, 11:28 pm

When they created the trophy it was also the 50th anniversary of his death.  So his brashness and arrogance faded but his exploits became legend.
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