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The Brown Shoe Army

ByRaymond W. Smith

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In 1959 Ray Smith joined the 340th Engineers unaware that he might be expected to fight on a nuclear battlefield. After an eventful Basic Training, Ray was ordered to a Fort Gordon Georgia unit named after the Reserve Forces Act (RFA #1). There, 470 low-ranking enlisted men, mostly college graduates, were supervised by a first lieutenant, a sergeant and a corporal who ran the mail room. All were unmotivated “short-timers” whose interests were comfort, sleep and counting the days, not unlike characters from previous generations—No Time for Sergeants, Biloxi Blues or M*A*S*H—except that one day, with a few weeks remaining in their enlistment, the RFA #1 boys were told that they were to become Pentomic warriors modeled after the 101st Airborne Division.

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Publication Date
Jul 16, 2011
Language
English
ISBN
9781257917051
Category
Biographies & Memoirs
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Raymond W. Smith

Specifications

Pages
120
Binding
Linen Wrap
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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