"Private W. A. Leavitt, Marine Corp, who today established a worlds record for dismantling and reassembling a Browning automatic Rifle while blind folded. His official time 1 minute and 7 seconds. He has an unofficial record of 1 minute."
- from National Photo, dated March 31, 1923
This is Wayne Arthur Leavitt, who was born 22 Feb 1900 in Marion, Kansas, to Charles A and Stella (Whaley) Leavitt [Israel Genealogy, pg 129]. During World War I, he had served in the US Army, with the Aero Squadron, including time overseas (6/22/18-3/6/19). In March 1922, he enlisted with the Marine Corps, and served with them through several terms, finally retiring in Sept 1937. He was stationed at Parris Island, SC, the Infantry Weapons School in Quantico, VA, Adjutant and Inspector's Office Headquarters in Washington, DC, and in Philadelphia, PA. He afterwards returned to Kansas, and took up farming. At the time of his death in 1960, he was living in Arlington, Virginia. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery (his 2nd wife Callie, whom he married in 1950, is also buried with him there).
-- Steve Dow (from personal collection, purchased in Apr 2017)
- Steve Dow (Historian)