In September 1962, we were on the confidence course, the DI had us in formation, and had us count off by fours. I was a four, and he told us every “4” would come to attention when we were coming down the slide. Now truthfully,I thought “good” because it looked impossible to. So I get going, and I changed a couple of the moves, and I thought, shit I can do this. Well I heard the DI call me to attention, but I kept going, because now I knew I could finish. When I got down ,the DI called me over,and asked for an explanation. Well I gave him a lame ass excuse, ” Sir ! The recruit didn’t hear the Drill Instructor Sir”. I foolishly thought that was it. We Returned to the barracks, and lined up for a head call. About ten recruits ahead of me was passing a hatchway and a fist came out at blinding speed,and hit him square up side the head, and knocked him across the passageway. Now I knew what awaited me for my disobedience. But for better or maybe worse I knew what was coming! I got up to the Hatch, and the fist came out, and also knocked me across the Passageway a lesson learned, but I was glad I had completed the slide anyway!
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