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Oswald does not qualify with a rifle again until two and a half years later.
Major ANDERSON. The record shows that 6 May 1959 he fired the B course.
Mr. SPECTER. And what weapon was used at that time?
Major ANDERSON. The M-1 rifle.
Mr. SPECTER. And what score was obtained on that occasion?
Major ANDERSON. 191 for marksman.
( 11 H 304 )
The Commission's own record indicates that on May 6, 1959, Oswald fired a score of 191 on firing course "B" and obtained a qualification as "marksman". The record also indicates that the minimum score to qualify was 190. ( above red boxes ) The record further shows that the Marine Corps considered that "a low marksman qualification indicates a rather poor shot."
With a minimum score of 190 to qualify, is there anyone on this planet who believes that a score of 191 is anything more than a "low marksman qualification" ?
Apparently, Maj. Anderson did:
Mr. SPECTER. Based on what you see of Mr. Oswald's marksmanship capabilities from the Marine Corps records which you have before you, Major Anderson, how would you characterize him as a marksman?
Major ANDERSON. I would say that as compared to other Marines receiving the same type of training, that Oswald was a good shot, somewhat better than or equal to--better than the average let us say. As compared to a civilian who had not received this intensive training, he would be considered as a good to excellent shot.
( 11 H 305 )
That doesn't say much for the rest of the Marine Corps back then.
The Anderson 1 Exhibit was written by Lt. Col. Allison G. Folsom. Col. Folsom was called to give testimony, but Commission counsel never asked him a single question about Oswald's 191 score. Counsel's interest in the May 1959 rifle test was limited to questions about the course:
Mr. ELY. .....Under the column "Course" we see that at one point he fired the M-1 Rifle on a so-called "A" course, and, too, he fired it on a "B" course. Could you tell us what the difference is between those two courses?
( 8 H 306 )
Mr. ELY. Am I correct in stating that the "B" course firing to which you referred occurred on May 6, 1959, at El Toro, Calif.?
( 8 H 307 )
That's it. That ended the Commission's interest in Oswald's May, 1959 rifle qualification.
More evidence that Oswald couldn't shoot comes from witness Nelson Delgado, who served in the Marine Corps with Oswald. he testified about Oswald's performance with a rifle on the shooting range:
Mr. LIEBELER. Did you fire with Oswald?
Mr. DELGADO. Right; I was in the same line. By that I mean we were on line together, the same time, but not firing at the same position, but at the same time, and I remember seeing his. It was a pretty big joke, because he got a lot of "Maggie's drawers," you know, a lot of misses, but he didn't give a darn.
Mr. LIEBELER. Missed the target completely?
Mr. DELGADO. He just qualified, that's it.
( 8 H 235 )
Delgado gave a video interview with author Mark Lane in 1966 in which he described Oswald's lack of shooting skills and claimed that the FBI tried to get him to say on the record that Oswald was a good shot.
Evidence Oswald was "a rather poor shot"
Based on the general Marine Corps ratings, Lt. Col. A. G. Folsom, Jr., head, Records Branch, Personnel Department, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, evaluated the sharpshooter qualification as a "fairly good shot." and a low marksman rating as a "rather poor shot." ( Report, pg. 191 )
Oswald's Marine Corps shooting record, which the Commission called Anderson Exhibit 1, consisted of 3 pages. Page 1 was the introduction. Pages 2 and 3 of that document are posted below. On page 2, below left, the reader can see that although Oswald fired a score of 212 and qualified as a "sharpshooter" on December 21, 1956, he was on the course for a total of two weeks before achieving that score. ( blue circle )