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I Remember It Well

Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo 
April 17, 2017
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In this Issue
o  I Remember It Well
o  Say Something Good
o  Points To Ponder
o  A Little Humor
o  Quote
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Korean War 

I Remember It Well  
Recently I looked at the date on my computer and it read April 9th. Memories came gushing into my mind. 

On April 9th, 1951 I was inducted into the United States Army. My pay for what seemed like a twenty-four hour, seven days a week schedule was $52.50 a month.  I believe it was an additional $15 a month when we came under fire from the enemy in Korea. Of course, from that sum we had to provide our own shaving materials, tooth paste, frequent haircuts, cigarettes, laundry and most often a dollar would be deducted from our pay for the Red Cross. The rest we squandered on villas, booze and wild women. 

I must admit the Army provided our food, our clothing and most often shelter.  I can recall, while training at Fort Bliss, getting dressed up in my Class A summer uniform and riding in the back of a truck into El Paso to discover that the civilian workers on the El Paso garbage trucks were all wearing the same outfit I was. 

The food was... well here is a story to describe it.  A private on KP sees this big truck pulled up behind the mess hall. He goes in to the sergeant and reports, Sergeant, there is a garbage truck outside."  and the sergeant says, "See if it is a pick up or a delivery."       Nuff said.

"What did you do in the war, daddy?"  "I did my time, my children. One Year, ten months and 27 days, with time off for good behavior." 

Oh, those were the good old days.   

Say Something Good
Porch Talk. Jean and I visited her brother and his wife in New Bern and I was out on the porch while Jean finished up and there was a gent named Vinny sittin' and a rockin' and he gave a friendly smile as I walked past. "Are you in charge of smiles today?" I asked him and he said, "Oh yeah!" and so I asked him if I could sit down in the nearby chair.

We had a great visit. He used to be in the boat business. He'd hurt his leg and was in the rehab area at the Assisted Living.  I discovered he was a few months older than I am and sharp as a tack. Instead of my sitting alone getting all antsy waiting for Jean, Vinny and I shared some wonderful time together. Gee it is great when two old fellas can sit and make each other laugh out loud. Jean returned too quickly, I figured. I was having so much fun.  

All it takes is a smile and a friendly word sometimes to enjoy a pleasant, memorable experience.

May God Bless America and bring us world peace. 

Points To Ponder
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Saint Augustine

A Little Humor
Would you like some black coffee?
What other color do you have?                                                                           

Quote
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. Maya Angelou  

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