Barracks

      As I recall, The standard Barracks was about 100 feet long with a row of 20 folding beds placed along the walls , with the head of the bed against the wall. In some camps the beds or cots were positioned head to toe. one up one down. Ours were all the same. Each man had about 5 feet of space to call "his own" There was just room enough for 2 men to sit facing each other on adjacent beds and have room for a Foot locker between them. This was how we played cards during our leisure time. A PotBelly Stove was positioned at each end of the building With a box for kindling wood placed nexted to it. There was a clothes rack between each bed. Virtually all our possessions were stored in a Foot Locker (Trunk) that was positioned at the foot of the bed. A systematic arrangement for socks and underwear was aligned in rows in a Tray recessed in the foot locker. The condition of your Foot Locker and its contents was a important element in the general Inspection conducted at 10:00 every Saturday.

       You made bed in accordance with a strict military code. Dress Shoes were very highly polished with laces tied and positioned in a specific spot at the end of your bed. Work shoes were cleaned and turned upside down with the soles clearly visible to the Inspecting Officer. On one occasion I was given 4 hours extra duty at KP in the Mess Hall because one of my work shoes had fallen over where the Inspecting Officer was not able to see the sole. 

      Each Barrack was home to 1 Chief (Leader) 1 Asst. Chief( Asst. Leader) and 38 Indians (Grunts) This Group was lead by a Civilian Employee called the foreman. The Foreman for our Barrack was Mr. Moffit. He supplied all the brains and expertise required to carry out the assignments delegated through the office of the Company Commander Lt. Colonel ERWIN.

-  Sincerely Ed Braun

    unkled@iquest.net

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