Category Archives: True Stories

Barracks life

Most folks hear the word ‘barracks’ and a big wooden building with poor heat and huge open bays and motherfuckers on fire guard come to mind. Yeah, I never saw that – not in Basic, not in school and not … Continue reading

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Duty

There’s several different kinds of Duty. We’ve already touched on Extra Duty, so let’s cover CQ (Charge of Quarters) and Guard Duty now. CQ There’s the CQ and the CQ runner. The CQ is usually a lower ranking NCO or … Continue reading

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Now I feel bad, Mike

Because I finished work on that log not one hour before I got your letter today telling me how much you enjoyed reading about my trials and tribulations with it. Yessir, it is done. Last week I snaked a couple … Continue reading

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Whoops

Last night a reader brought to my attention that one of my personal stories in this post HERE was taken from this site and posted on Craigslist in their jokes category without my permission or being credited to me. Be … Continue reading

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That’ll teach him to interfere

DERBY, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police say a man threw another man 45 feet off a bridge because he intervened in an argument between the suspect and his girlfriend. Shelton police charged Gregory Rottjer with attempted murder in connection with … Continue reading

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Extra Duty

Extra duty is a mild form of punishment used in the military for minor fuck-ups, anything from not getting a haircut to failing inspections to being drunk in public to being a general pain in the ass. You can be … Continue reading

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Crazy Charlie Lafitte Part II

Fucking Crazy Charlie Lafitte….. I’ve told you about him before but that shit was only a hint at some of the crap he pulled over his short army career. He would try to buy kids from their parents. Not all … Continue reading

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Loggone

Remember that damned old tree that fell across the road HERE last March? The one that I cut up all but the trunk because I couldn’t figure out how to cut it up and I didn’t want to split it … Continue reading

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Towler declared suitable for parole

A 61-year-old Ceres man convicted of shooting two brothers execution-style over an alleged burglary has been found suitable for parole. Christopher Scott Towler was found suitable for parole at an Oct. 10 hearing at California State Prison Solano in Vacaville, … Continue reading

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Crazy Charlie Lafitte

Fucking Crazy Charlie Lafitte….. man, I don’t even know where to start here. Me and Crazy Charlie Lafitte got to our unit within a month or so of each other, but I don’t recall who got there first. No matter, … Continue reading

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The resemblance is amazing

Los Angeles-based photographer Christine McConnell has created a wonderfully unique family album by recreating a series of portraits of different generations of her female relatives, spanning 200 years. Her photo project called “Seven Generations of American Women,” is a beautiful … Continue reading

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Worm

Worm was a new guy we got into the company about mid 1980. He was a wheeled vehicle mechanic and was from Kansas or Nebraska or some other flat place and was just a good solid kid. He was a … Continue reading

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Logzilla

The closer it gets to cooler weather the more I get to thinking about that big ass log laying down at the end of the property. Some of you may remember the day that damned old hickory getting blown over … Continue reading

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So I got me a new friend

His name is Wayne. Since we’ve moved in the property just to the north of us has been vacant. It’s an acre lot, maybe an acre and a half, and the only structure on it is an old metal barn … Continue reading

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The Field

I wasn’t much of a garrison troop when I was in the army but I loved being out in the field. It’s a good thing too because we spent damned near the whole winter in the field, coming in for … Continue reading

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Garrison Duty

It was a challenge keeping us busy when my company was in garrison for the summer. I mean, let’s face it, when your primary mission is to communicate in bad weather, good weather ain’t doing it a whole lot of … Continue reading

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Ralph

I knew this ol’ boy named Ralph when I was in the army. It seems like I had met Ralph a few years earlier and while he kinda sorta recalls the circumstances, he never copped to actually meeting me. Me … Continue reading

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Right in the middle of saying Grace…

On the back porch saying Grace: “Lord, we ask that you bless this food, our family and our friends and… why, there’s that damned chicken right there!… thank you for letting us witness your power today. Gotta run, in your … Continue reading

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Well, shit.

Lost another chicken today – I went to change the water and clean the bowl and the white one made a break for it. I chased it around and then the li’l bitch took off and flew into the treeline. … Continue reading

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Yup, it’s been five years

Five years since I felt his last heartbeat. Hard to believe, huh? Sometimes it feels like it was 20 years ago, other times it seems like we were fishing just a couple weeks ago. Fucking tore me up when he … Continue reading

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