Definition of rifleman
1 : a soldier armed with a rifle
2 : one skilled in shooting with a rifle
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If every Marine is a rifleman, then every sailor is a damage controlman, the Navy likes to say.
Mr. Fitzgerald served from 1943 to 1945 as a rifleman and a tank commander in Company C, 50th Armored Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division, under the command of Gen. George S. Patton.
This year’s gathering came a day after a rifleman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia, wounding several people, including the House majority whip, Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Dozens of television crews and journalists camped out as FBI and ATF agents searched the home of the man identified as the rifleman behind Wednesday's shooting of a Republican congressional baseball practice.
The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775 - more than a year before the Declaration of Independence - when the Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the Colonies for one year.
Under fire from Spanish riflemen, the party was able to cut only two of the three telegraph lines and had to return to their ships.
Where the Army scatters recruits across a vast institution that includes accountants and mechanics who have little contact with the harsher realities of military work, every marine is trained as a rifleman.
Haughey was a rifleman with the 25th Infantry Division, and his photos were meant to help boost morale and put a human face on the war.
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Definition of rifleman for English Language Learners
: a soldier who carries a rifle
: a person who is skilled at shooting a rifle
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