Todd’s note: Elden wrote this as one article, but I’ve separated it into two for easier reading on some mobile devices. I will have Part 2 posted the beginning of August. Hope you enjoy it!
In the spring of 1955 my Korean War Service was winding down, and I was soon to be honorably discharged from the United States Navy. My last duty station was Corona Naval Hospital in Norco, just north of the small southern California city of Corona, California.
Since I planned to go into law enforcement at some point after my separation from the military, I decided to purchase my first handgun. A Corona sporting goods store had a nice selection of pistols, among them a Ruger 22 caliber