Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP pistol
serial number 559768 - U.S. PROPERTY marked, blue
finish, checkered walnut stocks issued to Lt. Col. Ivan
L. Brenneman. This gun is accompanied by its' original
box numbered to the gun, instruction sheet and two spare
full blue magazines.
Right side. U.S. PROPERTY mark on right
side of frame above trigger area.
11 August 1904 - May 1982
Lawrence BRENNEMAN at Papworth Hospital aged 77. After
graduation from Coe College, Iowa and ten years with the
General Electric Company in accounting, the US Army became
his lifetime career. He was the first TRANSPORTATION CORPS
Officer to arrive in England in 1942 and the last one to
He worked in
Eisenhower's headquarters and was one of the very few to
know the exact timing of D-Day. His US Army career began as
a 2nd Lt in Infantry (16th) at Governor's Island, New York.
He did various Reserve annual tours of active duty (2 weeks
a year plus 1 or 2 nights per week) at Plattsburg, New York,
Fort Niagara and at Fort Dix. In October, 1940 he was called
to active duty at Fort Dix, New Jersey. In June 1942 he
shipped out on the Queen Elizabeth to the UK where he served
in Logistics in London, Cheltenham and Portsmouth.
In September 1945
he moved to Paris, Rheims and Frankfurt in Transportation
but by August 1946 was back in London working hard to get
everybody back to the USA where he was the last US
Transportation Officer to leave. He returned to New York
briefly, then served for five years at the Pentagon in
Washington DC as a planner for the Chief of Transportation.
He attended the Industrial College at Fort McNair and then
went back to the Pentagon as Chief of Doctrine for G-4
1951 to January 1952 he was Transportation Officer, 3rd Army
in Atlanta, Georgia and from there was sent to Stuttgart,
Germany as Commander of the 10th Truck Group. In July 1953
he moved to Orleans, France as Commander of the 9th Truck
Group. Finally, he returned to New York in January 1955
where he wore two hats for nearly five years as Chief of
Staff and Deputy Commander of the Port of Embarkation at
Brooklyn, New York where he ended his Army career as the
With his wife
Norma, he returned to England in November 1959. They lived
for several years in London before buying a country cottage
in Stambourne, Essex.
Original two-piece kraft shipping box,
numbered to the pistol.
Colt Factory Letter indicates that
Colt Model1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP sn 559768 was
shipped to the Office of Strategic Services, Fowler
Building, Rosslyn, Virginia, September 8, 1944, factory
order number 4420, number of same type guns in shipment were