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How Much Ink in a Ballpoint Pen?

How many miles of ink are in a Ballpoint Pen? Upon separation from the U.S. Army in November of 1971 I would estimate that I filled out about 2000 Job Applications to no avail under the onus of Affirmative Action. … Continue reading

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Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth

Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth Give Three Examples: Cooking with Love: She salted the meat. I salted the meat. Later, she wasn’t sure if she salted the meat so she salted the meat again. We went out to dinner. … Continue reading

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Things Remembered: The Edmund Fitzgerald

Despite the sinking of The Edmund Fitzgerald and the haunting melody about it and also despite a four-year waiting list I was so desperate for work at one point I even applied for a Merchant Marine Seaman’s Card, Viz.:

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Keep the noise down; I’m tryin’ to sleep.

I suppose it’s only appropriate that I write a war story on Memorial Day. Over the years I’ve had this habit of reacting to loud, sharp, and sudden noises by saying: “Hey! Keep the noise down; I’m trying to sleep!” … Continue reading

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The Fool’s Cap

So there I was, once again dining at the local Culver’s Restaurant with a young couple seated behind me in the next booth. They had a couple of cute little kids with them; a boy and a girl. I’d just … Continue reading

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90th Replacement Battalion – My Last Day in Việt Nam

I passed through the 90th Replacement Battalion Personnel Center both upon my first arrival and at final departure from South Việt Nam. The Personnel Center was located somewhere between Biên Hòa Air Base and Long Bình Post about 22 miles … Continue reading

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Mary Christina Hove

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God Bless You and Yours, Carlos N. McCarter

In the U. S. Army an enlisted man has a worm’s eye view of practically everything. What little I recall regarding Sergeant McCarter (First Sergeant of the 187th AHC) is hardly worth writing about as I had very little to … Continue reading

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Sergeant of the Guard!

The weather of late reminded me of an incident back in the winter of 1970-’71. I was on Guard Duty at Ft. Riley, Kansas. I was guarding the 67th Signal Battalion’s Motor Pool; a sizable area about four city blocks … Continue reading

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Hollywood Heroes

Hollywood heroes? I don’t have any. I never did. In the aftermath of World War II I grew up on John Wayne movies. There was a host of Hollywood heroes to choose from, like Van Johnson, Gary Cooper, James Stuart; … Continue reading

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