Sunday is Veterans Day, a day we honor those who have served our country. We most often thank them for all they have done to protect our freedoms, but we also appreciate some of the funny stories that came out of that service to the nation. We asked our readers to share their stories, and the following tales are what they told:
I was drafted by President Roosevelt on Oct. 28, 1942, by invitation — actually it was a threat. Jail time if you didn’t respond. We went to the induction center at Utica for a physical. If you were warm, you qualified.
After a short trip to Camp Upton in Long Island, we stayed overnight and then after a long and dusty trip by train we ended up in Camp Swift, Texas. We called it the “land that God forgot.”
A few of us were put on guard duty that night and told to challenge all people on or near our posts. During the night, my buddy from Texas heard a noise and said, “Who goes there?” It happened to be the officer in charge of the guard. And he replied, “What are you going to do now?” and my buddy said, “I don’t know but don’t you move until I think of something.”
Richard W. Signor of Walton
I was in the 633 Military Police Co. at I Corps near Vijongbu, Korea. One day, we got a replacement who told us that he worked in a circus before he was drafted. Sometime later he said his job was giving demonstrations of eating razor blades. One day he gave a small group of us a demonstration. Our company commander heard about it and had him transferred. The captain said he didn’t want him to die in his company — it would make too much paperwork.