Stand Closer to the Razor
Cannon Co. 272nd Inf Rgt
When the 69th was cleaning equipment and packing for movement overseas,
destination in the states and elsewhere unknown, I was commanding Cannon Co.
One day one of my men rushed into the orderly room and reported Col. Buie
(Regimental CO) was in the area and asked for me to accompany him on his
I was led to and reported to the Col. who asked me a few questions, then
requested I take him into a couple of the
quarters to see what the men were doing. Everything
was fine and shortly we were back into the company street with the Col.
dismissing me to go on his way.
After a couple of steps, he turned, walked back, sternly looked me in the
eyes, as only Col. Buie could do, and the following took place:
Col Buie: "By the way Captain, what are the orders about shaving in the
Capt. Lipsius: "Sir,
every man will shave before breakfast, sir!"
did you carry out those orders, this morning?"
Capt. Lipsius: Bringing
himself to a stiff attention,
Col. Buie: Sternly, "Well, Captain, next time, stand closer to the razor!"
Then, saluting sharply, turned, and walked away, leaving a sputtering Captain trying to explain he had a fast growing beard.