They had to make many changes
over several months before they were ready to give another demonstration.
This time in front of military brass from up and down the Atlantic
To get to Bogue Field this
time I ended up getting a ride from Cherry Point with three
Sergeant Majors. One was the Wing Sergeant Major. Another was
with Marine Headquarters. Don't remember where the third was
From the way they talked
between themselves it became apparent that they had know each
other for many years.
They were all WWII and Korean
veterns. This is part of the conversation I overheard. I don't
remember the exact words but this will give you an idea of what
was being talked about.
First Sergeant Major, "Wife
saids I have to lose 20 pounds."
Second Sergeant Major, "Have
fun. My boss wants me to redecorate my office. Told the wife
this and now she's all bent for hell to do it!"
Third Sergeant Major, "At
least you two guys don't have three teenage girls at home. What
the hell do you do with their boyfriends?"
I'm trying very hard to
keep a straight face. I failed.
First Sergeant Major saids,
"Just what do you find so funny PFC?"
I gave myself a moment to
get my thoughts together and finally said to the three Sergeant
Majors, "I'm not laughing at you but at your conservation.
Listen to yourselves. You probably lived through Guadacanal,
Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Chosen Resevor for gods sake. Me,
I'm just tring to survive the ISO office. Don't tell anyone
I said this but you guys are the real heros, the real John Waynes.
And here you are talking about redecorating the office! Don't
you find that a bit humorous?"
By now we had reached our
destination. The car stops and the driver gets out to open one
of the rear doors for the Sergeant Majors.
I had to add, "Oh,
and Sergeant Major, just shoot the boyfriends!"
No one said anything for
a moment then they all starting laughing. So three Sergeant
Majors get out of the car while having a good belly laugh and
come face-to-face with a three-star general.
The general said, "Yes?"
And one of the Sergeant
Majors, bless his heart, saids, "Sorry sir. You had to
You can't make this stuff
Really happened. Ask the
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