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Smitty’s Guard Duty – Letter XVI – conclusion

January 18, 2018

I feel like the guards in the cartoons. I’m in South Carolina with snow! Granted it was only 2 inches, nothing close to what I had in Pittsburgh or northern Georgia. ~ Connie

Pacific Paratrooper

In the event that you missed the previous post, Cpl. Smith serving in the 11th Airborne during WWII, was attempting to visualize his first experience at standing guard duty in a combat zone to his mother in a letter.

At one point, the situation appears critical and the next – a comedy of errors.  Nevertheless, this half of the letter describes his four-hour rest period and the following two hours of standing guard.  Hope you stick around to see how he does.

*****          *****          *****

Guard Duty (con’t)

As soon as your relief man comes along, you strut back to your tent feeling as proud as all hell knowing that you are a conqueror of the night and a tried and true veteran of the guard.  You are supposed to get four hours of rest or sleep before going on for your second shift, but for some reason or another the…

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  1. Thank you, Connie, for sharing Smitty’s letter with your readers.

    • I’ve enjoyed his letters. Those are the kind of things that make history more real for me. I actually hated history until 5th grade and Mr. Guido. He was a Marine and taught history from a personal point of view. He explained how it affected us in the present.

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