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Old July 17, 2019, 07:05 PM   #476
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From Ray Lambert's Every Man A Hero

"Our roles as medics meant we were responsible for the general health and well-being of the troops. That turned us into inspectors -- of food and sanitation, and what back in the states would be called 'houses of ill repute.'

"Whorehouses would be a cruder but more accurate term.

"I went out on these inspections, escorted by the local gendarmes. Most of these places, which had apparently been functioning for quite a while had apparently been functioning for quite a while before our arrival, were located on a single street, while a handful of others sprinkled nearby. We'd inspect the houses themselves for cleanliness, then line up the girls and check them for sores and other telltale signs of disease. They all had, or were supposed to have, doctor's papers declaring that they were healthy. Without those, they wouldn't work.

"I remember designating one house off-limits, but otherwise every place we checked were in order.

"I also had to designate one home for officers, where enlisted men would be barred. That was easy. The officers got the house with the ugliest women."

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Old July 22, 2019, 07:12 PM   #477
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In May, 1942 while the German Sixth Army was approaching Stalingrad, they were supported by the Fourth Air Fleet commanded by Col. Gen. Wolfram von Richthofen. A cousin of the famous Red Baron, he had fought alongside of him in his squadron in WW I. Von Richthofen found himself under fire from army AA guns. Opps! Upon landing, von Richthofen sent a note that read, "While it is a delight to see the fighting spirits of the German troops against aircraft, may I ask that they direct their fighting spirit against the
Red Air Force?"
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So much for RHIP...

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Old July 26, 2019, 06:19 PM   #479
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I'm sure many here read the classic, With the Old Breed. Eugene Sledge (nicknamed Sledgehammer by his buddies) wrote a follow-up book, China Marine, which recounts the K/3/5's post-war occupation of China with the purpose of disarming the Japanese Kwangtung Army. Sledge's battalion was fortunate enough to draw duty in Peking and went along the route that the Marines took to relieve Peking during the Boxer Rebellion.

When Sledge earned enough points, he was finally rotated home and reunited with his family. His brother was a major in a tank battalion and had been injured three times. After a while, his father, who was a USMC LTC who treated marines in WW I for shell shock pulled Sledge aside and offered a bit of advice.

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"First, never become embittered because many other men had safe, comfortable war assignment, all too often obtained through political influence. That's the way of cowards in this world. Two, never feel sorry for yourself because of what you endured. On the contrary, feel fiercely proud that you served with the finest and fought against the fiercest enemy, and lived to tell the tale. Three, if you ever drink alcohol, do it in moderation. Alcohol can be a wonderful escape from bad memories, but it is addictive, will make you act the fool, and ultimately ruin you."
(p129)

Sound like good advice even today.
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Today I read of a muzzle loader used by an old man in World War II. His opponent is armed with a M-1 Garand in 30-06.

"Toward evening, another rear guard slowed our advance. As we moved along a narrow forest road in column of squads, the armor following behind, I heard single shot. By this time, I could identify almost any German weapon by its sound, but this one I'd never heard before.

"Our advance scout quickly captured another German, an old man dressed in hunting clothes who appeared to be in his late seventies. He stood in the middle of the road where he'd fire his single-shot muzzle loader at the point man, then surrendered meekly. We smashed the old man's weapon against a tree, and told him to go home."

Captain Charles Scheffel, Crack! and Thump: With a Combat Infantry Officer in World War II, (Camroc Press, Llano) 2007, p. 208.
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Never volunteer.

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"I was assigned to Camp Hood, Texas. Some men's names were called; they were then told they'd be called when they were assigned.

Of those not called, the sergeant asked, "Who wants to drive a jeep?" Several men held up their hands in eager anticipation. "Fall out over there and follow the Corporal," he said.

The volunteers jumped at the chance and did as they were told. The corporal took them to some garbage cans and said, "You will clean these cans until they shine. Here are the soap and brushes."

"But we were told we'd get to drive a jeep," they complained.

"Not so," said the corporal. "You were asked if you wanted to drive a jeep, not that you'd get to drive one. Now clean those cans!"
From page 5 of Foxhole Memoirs: A to Z by . Homer V. Wagnon, Jr.
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GIs watching a displaced persons camp they liberated.

"On one of my day shifts, I saw a funny thing happen. There was a little stream running through a corner of the camp and the Russian woman would do their wash there. One day, a large woman was doing her wash, when a fist fight broke out between a couple of Russian guys. When she saw them, she walked over, grabbed each one by their shirt fronts and pulled them apart. Then what happened was like a scene from the patty cake routine Bob Hope and Bing Crosby did in the "Road" moves they made later. Both men looked at each other, nodded their heads and each swung a fist, one right-handed and one left-handed, hitting the woman right in the face. She went down like a sack of cement and the two guys went on fighting."

Stan Richardson's Growing Up in a Foxhole, page 120

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Then what happened was like a scene from the patty cake routine Bob Hope and Bing Crosby did in the "Road" moves they made later. Both men looked at each other, nodded their heads and each swung a fist, one right-handed and one left-handed, hitting the woman right in the face. She went down like a sack of cement and the two guys went on fighting."
Yeah, but when she got up!!! There's be преисподняя to pay!!

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