08-26-2013, 12:43 PM
Re: Every Where Else Is On Fire....
This is a very good neighbor: ".... I wanted to hear some stories, his reply: November." I've long since lost count on how many thousands of men/women/support were out in the field at this point in time.
Old story, but many years ago I was a Vollie Cook and we were feeding over 1,000 men three times a day. Up at 0300 and started 'cooking; pancakes/eggs (scrambled), saugies, and how fast could you make sandwiches for take out lunches? Buckets of 'KoolAid' and GatorAid for the trucks. About 9 - 10 in the morning and every thing cleaned up and back in your tent for a few hours sleep.
Restart at about 1700. Hundreds of pounds of steaks/hamburger/trimmings and God knows how many pounds of Potato Salad (commercially made) and fresh Green Salads. Men so tired you had to encourage them to eat. Something.
By the end of the first week you'd see the 'Thousand Yard Stare' and go get a Doctor or a Army Medic. Fellow had 'Shot his bolt,' there was nothing left.
Call my office once a day and 'Here's where I'm at and here's what I'm doing.' Honest to God, made call/hooked into the Chairman of the Board: "We're damned proud of you! Stay/Serve as long as necessary."
Left on vacation as a Vice President, came home as a Sr. Vice President.
Back home and I stank like a Forest Fire for a couple of weeks. Same clothing for three weeks then, wash out of a bucket. Etc., you smelled like a BBQ, even in a three piece suit the smoke was so 'skin imbued.'
No one made a comment that I know of......
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." – Winston Churchill