Readers’ Tales

The Sow and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge

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Expert Infantryman’s Badge testing comes once a year for young Infantrymen.  For those of you outside the Infantry its the large silver flintlock against a blue background worn above everything else on the left side of the uniform.  There’s even a subdued version so everyone you meet can tell at a glance that you are not a POG.  As privates in the peacetime Infantry 99% of our NCOs had one, usually perched way up high above an Air Assault Badge ...

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The Death of Captain Waskow by Ernie Pyle

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At the Front Lines in Italy, January 10th, 1944 . . .

In this war I have known a lot of officers who were loved and respected by the soldiers under them. But never have I crossed the trail of any man as beloved as Capt. Henry T. Waskow of Belton, Texas.

Capt. Waskow was a company commander in the 36th Division. He had led his company since long before it left the States. He was very young, only in his middle ...

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Uncle Hank and The Combat Infantryman’s Badge

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Before I attended kindergarten my “Uncle Hank” used to stop at the house every afternoon and take me with him to “help” with chores.  He was actually my mother’s uncle, my grandfather’s brother.  He kept feeder cattle in the barn and pasture at the house we lived in.  In the winter time mom would start dressing me ten minutes before he arrived, he’d knock and enter and sip a cup of hot coffee while he waited for a four year ...

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An Ash Wednesday Tale, Benny and his Jeepney

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Part of a series of stories I’ve told, Famous Common Person I Have Known

In Spring, 1974 I took a few days leave at Clark AFB in the Philippines, en route to Bangkok. Part of the rate for my hotel room in Angeles City included a Jeepney and a driver. His name was Benny, mid-20s with a fancy Jeepney, and he took me all over the place, such as the first Japanese kamikaze airfield nearby. I told Benny I wanted to go to the town where ...

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