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On the one hand, the South Africans were glad to see us. But they were also very glad to be out of that rat-infested piece of turf that had served as a landing strip and place to sleep for them. My best pal was Warren Mengis, a former Marine corporal from opelousas, Louisiana, who was smart enough to go to Tulane Law School on the GI bill, but unlucky enough to enlist in the Air Force reserve and get himself activated to serve in Korea. My boss, Major Charlie Weir, was from oklahoma, but had migrated to Texas after World War II.

He left off the term “damned” when using that epithet. Since the 75th ADW was comprised of men from Texas, Louisiana, and oklahoma along with a few of us “carpetbaggers” from the north, I soon learned that most Southerners regarded the term “yankee” as derogatory. These guys regarded themselves as Southerners, rebels to the core. Before this, I thought that being a “yankee” was a complimentary term. Warren was also my mentor when it came to things military. Even though I was a distinguished roTC cadet at both the University of new hampshire and Boston University School of Law, I soon came to believe that an ex-Marine was the best expert on things involving the military.

It was sort of a present to the men of the Air Force for being good sailors and making it that far. The evening before we were to go ashore, we were treated to a training film. After the evening meal, all of the officers and, I presume, the enlisted men assembled for a movie. Since attendance was mandatory, we all speculated that it would be the armed forces’ latest version of a Japanese travel documentary. Knowing that the Department of Defense annually spends millions of dollars producing training films on a vast variety of subjects, we assumed that this film was to be about Japanese customs and how to avoid offending the indigenous population.

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