Fond memories of Ft. Gordon because of the people I met there. Hard to believe it’s been 46 years.
Come this August it will be 55 years since I took Basic at Gordon. One highlight was the Asian Flu or Swine Flu scare near the end of Basic (1957), when all the troops had to hang their shelter-halves down from the top bunks to form a screen between bunks. To minimize the spread of germs, I reckon. Since I was on a lower bunk, I don’t remember HOW they screened off between the top bunks.
Another great blessing was taking turns pulling KP, and after evening mess call, having to clean up the big cooking ranges that burned SOFT COAL. By the time you finished you were blacker than any chimney sweep!
Great memories! That’s when Uncle Sam took me as a semi-juvenile delinquent and made a MAN out of me.