Still Got It

Still Got It

In March of 1958 I measured in at 5’7” when I joined the Corps. In the intervening 60 years I’ve lost an inch of height but not the ability to get in a friendly jab at our brothers and sisters in our nation’s other fine military branches. My wife and I were recently at a local eating establishment that serves great sandwiches and soups. One has to order at the cash register, pay and then give your name so they can find your table. We were waiting at our table for our food to be ready when I walked back up to the register counter to pick up some extra napkins. As I approached, the cute young thing on the register was taking the order of a soldier, standing about 6’2”, 210 lbs or so and wearing utilities – or whatever they’re called these days – with a “U.S. ARMY” patch proudly showing over the left breast pocket. I heard her saying “I’m sorry. You’re in here practically every day but I can’t think of your name.” I walked back to our table and was about to sit down when I noticed him walking over to the self-serve soft drink fountain. Without a thought of what this big bruiser might be capable of doing to me I quickly sidled over to him and said “You know, if that patch there on your jacket said “USMC” instead of “U.S. ARMY” she would have remembered your name.” I reached up, patted him on the shoulder and walked back to my table while he just stood there shaking his head.

Of course, as we left I went by his table and thanked him for his service.

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19 comments


  • Harold Allie

    They were not called utilities when i got out in 52 and that’s not much difference from 68 when it is already 2018 it was just a question i was interested in asking.must be someone out there who knows.


  • Harold Allie

    Must have been between 51 and 61 then


  • Sgt Robert L Sisson

    I never heard the word dungarees either and I was in from 68-71 must have been WAY before my time.


  • Ken Thomas

    What platoon? I was in 275 at the same time.


  • Ken Thomas

    Dungarees are Army or Navy. Always been utilities until they went to cammies as far as I know and I went in in 61


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