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|I was a truck Driver for the 1st squad and not very well
liked by the officers because I drove to the best place to load or unload
the truck making it easier on the men.. but my truck always looked messy
and banged up.. did the same in combat and lost three trucks to damage
and enemy fire.. The brass had it in for me. So when I got a call from
the 1st sergeant to report to the cp at once and in clean uniform (we were
on the line for months near Nancy France) Cutty and the guys all pitched
in and I had a clean uniform.. I was driven to the CP by the First Sergeant..
reaching the CP the Lt. checked me out and was teaching me how to present
arms.. Now I knew I was in trouble again with the brass. The Lt.
got the Capt. and he drove me to Battalion Headquarters.. Now I knew I
was really in trouble... Upon reaching headquarters I was ushered
in the main room and there sat a two or three star general... I almost
passed out.. he cleared the room of all officers then came over to me a
gave me a bear hug.. He was a buddy of my fathers and told my dad he would
give me a hug from my dad. Wow what a surprise.. turns out the general
under Ike was his supply officer and asked me what we needed.. I
told the General about the L L BEAN boots to keep our feet dry... about
two weeks we had the boots and for the whole outfit. The boots became regular
issue shortly after..