KP kapers

Mount Prospect, IL

I remember when I was at Camp Crowder, Mo., taking my basic training in January 1946. If you had to pull KP the night before, when you went to bed you had to tie a towel around your bedpost. That way the guy who wakes you up will know whose turn it was. So the guys would wait till everyone else was asleep and tie their towels on someone else’s bunk. Lots of guys weren’t too happy about that. There was some yelling going on when they were woken up at 4 in the morning. To solve that problem, the mess sergeant would have a sign-in sheet. Unfortunately no one showed up for KP. When the mess sergeant checked the sheet, the list included Superman, the Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Buffalo Bill, etc.

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