My dad passed a family heirloom along to me in January 2015. It's a S&W Victory Model that was shipped to OSS, Naval Station Norfolk VA on Aug 22, 1944.
My grandfather was a US Army officer serving in Europe in Spring 1945 and according to the story he always told (he passed in Sept 2010), was that one evening he was en route to HQ on foot and walked passed several barrels of gear...webbing, helmets, bayonets, etc and in the last barrel he saw the butt of a revolver sticking out so he grabbed it and carried it until he returned to the states the following Spring. He wasn't a fan of his issued Colt 1911A1 so he was happy to relegate it to his footlocker.
He had a German POW fashion a set of grips with his initials in it. It was his nightstand gun for decades until he gave it to my dad in 2000 and dad proceeded to get a S&W letter for it. I've since gotten a nice set of factory Victory grips (while retaining the custom set). I take it out once in a while and shoot it and think about how fortunate I am to have it.