lst Day On The Job

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On March 1, 1965, at 0800, I reported for duty as a Payroll Specialist at Ft. Sill Post Headquarters. It was a very busy and hectic office with people literally running into each other.

I finally located the NCOIC and reported. He slammed a large locked burlap bag on my chest and barked, "Get on a jeep outside and take this to finance ASAP".

I went outside and being at the Post Headquarters, there were jeeps lined up on both sides of the road. Suddenly a driver waved and yelled at me to hurry and get in because we were running late.

After dozens of stops, I asked him over lunch how far it was to the Finance Center. He asked why and I told him about the bag I had to deliver. After a couple more stops, he finally drove up to the Finance Center.

Two MP's saw me and the bag and quickly handcuffed both of us. It seems the bag was full of cash left over from payday. After a cash count and our stories confirmed, we were let go.

It turns out the driver was a Mail Carrier who thought I was his new Assistant Driver.

Branch of Service:
Army

Submitted by:
HECTOR E. CAVAZOS

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