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Oscar K. Weinmeister, Sr.

Chief Warrant Officer Four Oscar K. Weinmeister, Sr., 84, died October 27, 2000, in Columbus, Georgia.

Weinmeister began competitive shooting in 1937. In 1940, he was selected for a tryout with the U. S. Army Infantry Pistol Team. He secured a berth on the team and participated at the National Pistol Matches earning his first "Leg" toward Distinguished designation.

During World War II, Weinmeister served in the European Theater of operation as a Combat Command Sergeant Major with the 7th Armored Division where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service.

At the end of World War II, he was assigned as an instructor at the Armored School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and subsequently was promoted to Warrant Officer.

In 1951, Weinmeister was chosen to be a member of the U. S. Army Pistol Team and earned the U. S. Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge that year. He was again selected in 1952, 1953, and 1954 to represent the Army as a firing member of U. S. Army Pistol Team at the National Matches.

From 1955 through 1957 his duty assignment was manning a Surface-to-Air missile site on the perimeter of Washington, DC.

Weinmeister was transferred in January 1958 to Fort Benning, Georgia, and assigned to the U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit as Head Coach of the USAMU Pistol Team. He was tasked to fashion a training program to develop championship caliber competitive shooters. To accomplish this, he had to train coaches, devise training methods, and mentally condition the USAMU Pistol Team to assume a winning attitude. As a result of CW4 Weinmeister's monumental efforts throughout this tour, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Weinmeister was the driving force in the development and publication of the USAMU Advanced Pistol Marksmanship Guide. He taught that winning scores were the result of careful prior planning and that shooters could consistently duplicate their performance by executing one shot and one string at a time. His methodology can still be traced in the training of today's shooters.

CW4 Weinmeister retired from the U. S. Army in 1965. He returned to the USAMU as a civil service employee in 1966 and served as the Continental Army Training Coordinator until his retirement in 1982. In 1993, Weinmeister was inducted into the USAMU Support Hall of Fame.

CW4 Weinmeister's Career Highlights

1940 - Member, U. S. Army Infantry Pistol Team at the National Matches

1951 - Earned the U. S. Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge

1952 National Record: Firing Member, U. S. Army Blue Team, .22 Caliber National Match Course. Score: 1174

1954 - National Record: Individual Center Fire, National Match Course Score: 297

1955 - National Record: Individual Center Fire, 20 Shot Slow Fire Match Score: 194

1958 to 1965 - Head Coach, U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit Pistol Team.

1959 - Achieved "2600 Club" Status by Firing a 3-Gun Aggregate Score of 2614x2700.

1962 - Pistol Coach, United States Armed Forces Team, Conseil International Du Sport Militaire (CISM) Shooting Championships, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1966 to 1982 - Training Coordinator, U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit Operations Branch.

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