WWII veteran Ted Gundy passed away at the age of 90 in October of 2015. A few years before he died, he contacted Shooting USA because he had heard of modern snipers being able to hit a target at 1,000 yards and he couldn’t fathom how that was possible. Ted was a designated sniper at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. The answer came with a special event set up for him at Fort Benning, Georgia…and a chance to see if he could still hit the target. Since the video of his feat is making the rounds again just a week after the Fort Benning sniper competition, we thought we’d honor his memory by telling the story.
Story continues below:
Ted Gundy was just 19 years old when he joined the Army. Because he was an excellent marksman, his unit designated him as a sniper at the Battle of the Bulge. The weather was freezing cold and the countryside extremely wet – it was Hitler’s plan to strike during a storm. Through sheer perseverance, the Americans won what is considered one of the greatest victories of the war in Europe.
At the critical road junctions of St. Vith and Bastogne, American tankers and paratroopers fought off repeated attacks, and when the acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne was summoned by his German adversary to surrender, he simply responded, “Nuts!”
Within days, Patton’s Third Army had relieved Bastogne, and to the north, the 2nd U.S. Armored Division stopped enemy tanks short of the Meuse River on Christmas. Through January, American troops, often wading through deep snow drifts, attacked the sides of the shrinking bulge until they had restored the front and set the stage for the final drive to victory.US Army
Gifts of great memories to an old sniper
Ted Gundy was honored at an event at Fort Benning, and was asked to speak to the troops. He choked up a bit, but remembering his time there was a huge blessing to the old sniper. After the festivities, it was time to shoot. He was given a replica of his Army sniper rifle, a 1903 Springfield A-4. With that firearm, he shot at the target from 300 yards. He hit the center of the target at his 3rd shot. But he was eager to try his hand at a modern sniper rifle and shoot the target from 1000 yards. Even in his 80s, he shot a 5 inch group of 3, all head shots.
In his 80s, Ted Gundy still had the ability to hit the target. Once a sniper, always a sniper, as they say. The following is the full video from Shooting USA.
Featured photo of Ted Gundy- Screenshot via Shooting USA
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