I know belated, but thank you for all the replies. I did go to AFG and I did return and did not end up pressing the issue witht the Chain of Command.
As suggested, I did not take the weapon, as amazing as it would have been to carry on the family tradition, I did not make the attempt to take the weapon into theather with me. It would have added an interesting twist to an already amazing weapon, WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam and OEF. That would be cool...but as a Staff Sargeant, I do not hold the rank of a Colonel or General and am not in Special Forces so my options are limitied to the issued Beretta M9 (which I do love).
Thanks again gentlemen, I truly appreciate the input.