William L. "Bill" Whitworth
Headquarters Co 272nd Inf Rgt
Shortly before the Division was shipped over, while still stateside, I
made the error of crossing the 1st Sergeant.
His edict either transfer to a line Company or be Colonel Walter Buie's
"dog-robber." Of course,
no one wanted to be a "dog-robber" but
the deal was only until until we got on the boat.
An easy choice of course and I learned close-up just how military Col.
My responsibility was to keep his quarters clean but there was nothing
much to do. The condition
he left it made it hard for me to believe he actually lived there. Unbeknownst
to him, it gave me plenty of time to read his military manuals which was all he
had in his library.
When we shipped out,
a call went out for someone to be the Col's "dog- robber." A deal is a deal, I
passed it up and someone else was assigned. After
that, I think I was assigned to Message Center, the wire team and S-2.
I recall being around Lt Col
Kennedy, Regtl Ex O; Major Henry Green, S-3;
and Capt Joe Lipsius, S-2; quite a bit. I
remember about Col Kennedy the time
both of us trying to get inside through a door at the same time during a
strafing session. Those of you who
remember the Col recall his being rotund. Of course, I landed on the bottom.
Just a footnote. I was only 17 at the time!
I lied about my age to get drafted.