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John Cantius Garand
Birth: Jan. 1, 1888
Saint-Remi
Quebec, Canada
Death: Feb. 16, 1974
Springfield
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA

Weapon Inventor. The chief civilian engineer at the Springfield, Massachusetts Armory, he invented the .30 caliber semiautomatic rifle that was designated the "U.S. Rifle Caliber .30 M1" but was known as the "M1 Garand" by the United States Army in 1936. Weighing 10 pounds, it was the United States Army's main infantry weapon, and became famous for its role in the hands of American servicemen during World War II. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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  Nellie Bruce-Shepard Garand (1900 - 1986)*
 
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Burial:
Hillcrest Park Cemetery
Springfield
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Section: D, lot# 457, Graves 1 (John) & 2(Nellie)
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Jul 12, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7679672
John Cantius Garand
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John Cantius Garand
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John Cantius Garand
Added by: Roberta (Schott) Cyr
 
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Because this great French-Canadian came to our assistance and gave us a rifle to beat all others of the day, we prevailed against evil where boots were on the ground and bullets flew at our men as fast as the enemy could fire them. Never underestimate th...(Read more)
- Adam Churvis
 Added: Mar. 10, 2015
Thank you for your contribution to the war effort. I trained with your rifle and own one to this day.
- A fellow Viet Nam Marine vet
 Added: Feb. 16, 2015
Happy Birthday................
- a sincere fan
 Added: Jan. 1, 2015
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