Monthly Archives: April 2012

Col. Lance DePlante – War Hero and Jewish Marksman

Today’s Jewish Marksman is another tip I received from a reader (keep them coming!). Reader Henry introduces us to Col. Lance DePlante:
Col. Lance DePlante (USA, ret.) 1962-1994 (Mother was Jewish) Born in Miami Beach, FL, 1939. Grew up in Belle Harbor, L.I., N.Y., Member of Far Rockaway High School Championship Rifle Team, Eagle Scout, Vietnam 1963-64, Dominican Republic 1965-66. Served with the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th Special Forces Groups. Received: the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, personal security detail President Lyndon B. Johnson, at LBJ Ranch. Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Governors Twenty, President’s Hundred tabs (1984 #621), two time pistol divisional winner at Camp Perry (1984, 1985), Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge, Distinguished Rifleman Badge.

He is still a tremendous .45 pistol shot and leads in the state of New Hampshire’s BE pistol league. I am proud he is my pistol teacher, my banjo student and my great friend. A great American.
Thanks again to Henry, and mazal tov to him and Lance in their Bullseye Pistol competitions!