On one of these occasions, I was asked to pick up two pairs of guns which had been donated to the university by Mr. Harvey Foster, a graduate of the law school who went with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and later became head of the FBI's New York office.
Still later, after retiring from the FBI, Mr. Foster became a vice-president of American Airlines, operating out of that firm's Chicago regional office.
While with the FBI in New York, Agent Foster was instrumental in the capture of seven would-be saboteurs who had landed in a rubber raft on the east coast after having disembarked a German submarine off the coast.
All seven were captured within a nine day span.
Obviously, Mr. Foster
took great pride in this accomplishment, just as he
education and graduation from Notre Dame
Both phases of his
life were memorialized in 24 karat gold inscriptions on the handles of one of the pairs of guns he
donated, a pair of 357 magnums, which he
had custom made for himself while with the FBI
Each gun handle contained seven inscriptions of some valued phase of his
life, such as the American flag, the Golden Dome, his
FBI agent's number, his
football jersey number from Notre Dame
and others, including the life raft landing saboteurs on the beach.
In so doing, they passed up the file cabinet which contained Mr. Foster's
two pairs of guns, one of them valued at six thousand dollars, in an unlocked drawer.