The Best Seat in The House
I would like to point out that I was 3 months short of my 18th birthday, and had never been away from home alone or West of the Mississippi River when I was introduced to the para military life in the Civilian Conservation Corps. in July 1940. You never really appreciate a LATRINE until you are one of 200 men that have to make out without one. This was our predicament when we arrived at our camp in Green River. Utah. Needless to say it is rather difficult to discretely hide behind Sage Brush in the middle of a desert when Mother Nature beckons. They don't call them "Tumbling Weeds" for nothing. Those of us that were used to the privacy of Bath Rooms soon found this new experience rather humiliating to say the least.
Immediately after being assigned to our respective Barracks, we were segregated into several work crews to begin assembly of the pre manufactured buildings. All were modified versions of the common Barracks. I was assigned to the LATRINE construction (detail) crew. There was no infrastructure in the way of sewers, we did have a well that went half way to China that provided running water for Showers and Laundry in the Latrine as well as the Mess Hall.
The crew was instructed to dig a Trench (The Hard Way- We did everything the hard way) 3 feet wide x 5 feet deep and 30 feet long. A 3 sided box with 12 POT holes in the top, had been cobbled together by several Wannabe Carpenters, and positioned over this Trench. The Supply Sergeant provided us with 12 Brand New White Toilet Seats, which we happily attached over each of the "Pot Holes" The New Latrine was Christened before the first wall section was put in place. The entire building was erected and bolted together in about 2 days. A Coffee Can full of Quick Lime was added to each PoT HOLE every morning.
- Sincerely Ed Braun
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