I thought that some were allowed to purchase their sidearm in certain theaters of the war? Has anyone else heard this before or is it rumor?
In 1959 I was stationed in North Africa (Morocco) and Supply had a surplus of .45 Autos. Everyone in my squadron was given the opportunity to purchase two new (still wrapped in cosmoline and probably arsenal rebuilds) .45 Autos at $25 apiece. That was a lot of money in 1959 and I declined. They probably would have been stolen anyhow because when you shipped out it was very likely than anything of value in your foot locker would turn up missing in shipment. I was missing a very nice stereo and some other valuables when my footlocker was delivered after returning to the States.