Friday Wisdom – Father’s Guard Duty Saying

In WWII my father took some of his training at Fortress Monroe Virginia at the Coast Artillery school.  Being an enlisted man he was assigned guard duty as part of his duties and training.  Like all other draftees he was taught the 11 general orders including:

To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

Now I had to look that up because the version my father taught me was:

I will walk my post in a military manner and take no crap from the battery commander.

I’ve always suspect that father’s version of military life wasn’t exactly regulation.

More obersvations next week,

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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12 Responses to Friday Wisdom – Father’s Guard Duty Saying

  1. Baydreamer says:

    You’re probably right! Thanks for sharing these memories, Andrew!


  2. dorannrule says:

    I love your Dad’s independent thinking. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?


  3. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree does it? I can totally hear you saying that if had been in his position… Thanks for sharing more of your dad!


  4. Ron says:

    Thanks again for sharing memories of your Dad.


  5. Yeah, I get that from my son, too. He often has guard duty over in El Paso.


  6. Chris White says:

    I suspect you’re correct. 😃


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