NRA's Hollywood Guns exhibit has been packing in the crowds for almost a year now. We've seen firearms from movies like The Departed, Dirty Harry, and No Country for Old Men and The Hurt Locker. But tonight we're going to look at something a little different. Don't worry, we're not ditching the guns, we're just adding another something special.
In the movie Heartbreak Ridge, Clint Eastwood plays a no-nonsense, hard-nosed gunnery sergeant named Thomas Highway. Back with his old unit, Highway transforms a platoon of misfit Marines into one of the best in the Corps. Along the way, his men learn the story of Heartbreak Ridge.
Eastwood's character, in the movie, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on Heartbreak Ridge ... a battle he fought during the Korean War. And that's the first item National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier puts on display ... a reproduction of the Medal used in the movie. Research shows that at least one soldier, Private First Class Herbert K. Pililaau of Hawaii, posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic devotion to duty in the real battle for Heartbreak Ridge.
Phil also pulled out a Nambu Type A 1902 Modified from the movie Letters from Iwo Jima. Used by the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy during World War I & II, the Nambu is a semi-automatic pistol that fires a 7mm round. Less powerful than most (if not all) of the handguns used by the Allies, the 1902s were eventually replaced by Nambu Type 14. Though it is the 1902 Modified, also known as the "Baby Nambu," that collectors seek most.
For the full story on both pieces of military and Hollywood history, join Phil and the gang tonight at 10:40 pm EST for Curator's Corner on NRANews.com or Sirius/XM Patriot Satellite Radio.