By Lynn K. Juckett
After reporting for duty at the headquarters they couldn't find any work for me as they had more personnel than they knew what to do with, I was transferred to the Quartermaster company. I guess that they didn't know what to do with me as I didn't do any work there either. The Headquarters Company had a beer garden and the Quartermaster Company had one too. I had a pass for both of them as I had been in both companies. They both held dances every night and the frauliens liked to attend them. The army also took over a theater in town and we could go to the movies every night.
Most of the bunch that I came with was assigned
to the HQ.
One of the men from the 29'
Div. and I had a date with a couple of frauliens and we
took them to a U.S.O. club in
There were lots of German widows as so
many of their men had been killed in combat.
I met another fraulien at the "29 Lets Go
On Dec. 28, 1945 at 1:30 P.M. we moved to the
marine barracks in Bremenhaven. The barracks
was at an old German Navy base and wasn't in to good a condition. I was
glad that we wouldn't be there very long. This was where we were supposed
to get our ship home and our stay wasn't only going to be a night or two.
Our stay there turned out to be 9 days. We had physicals there and our
baggage inspected to see if we had turned in all of our equipment that we were
supposed too. We left the Marine Barracks about 8:00 A.M. on Jan. 6íTh
1946 and went to the pier and boarded the ship
It had been fairly smooth sailing through the
North Sea and the channel, but when we hit the
The merchant marine people had a regular
gambling room set up with dice tables and etc. They liked to get the
soldiers in there and fleece them out of their money. They didn't get any
of mine as I wasn't much of a gambler. There was one fellow whose bunk
was near mine who kept saying that as soon as our ship hit shore he was going
right back to Germany and marry his fraulien.
He said that he didn't care if she was a German that she treated him like a
king. We passed the Statue of
I seen a bunch of my old 78'th Div. buddies there. I saw Edlemann, Roper, Dauhiemer, White, Sasnett, and bunch of other ones there. They were all complaining about how long it took them to get home. It took them 18 days on the John B. Smilzer. They left a week earlier then us and arrived at about the same time.
People were always complaining about how inefficient
the army was, but
I arrived there about 5:15 P.M. on the 19'th of Jan. I called home from there and told my
folks that I would be home shortly. I got my discharge about 4:30 on the
21'st. I met Robert Beglin and Omar Lorenz and
rode on a bus from
As I look back I have to thank the Good Lord for being so good to me and getting me through the war without being harmed. I never volunteered for anything I just went where the army wanted me and when they wanted me. It was an experience that I will never forget. I seen things and did things that I had never done before. When ever men of my age get together it is still one of the main topics of our conversation.
Here I am going to comment on some of my observations on army life that I didn't mention in my previous narration. ARMY FOOD The food that we had in Garrison that is the food that we had while I was in the States was generally good. Most of the time we had our own company mess halls and our cooks did a good job of cooking. An officer generally ate with us to see that the food was cooked right. Most of the men ate better in the army than they had at home. We always had chicken every Sunday and that was a luxury in those days as chicken was very expensive in those days, not cheap like it is now. We always had turkey and all of the trimmings on thanksgiving and Christmas and our cooks went out of their way to make it good on those days. When I had to eat in consolidated messes the food wasn't nearly as good as in our own company mess. Field rations like K rations would satisfy your hunger, but you got tired of them real fast. The K rations came in a box one meal for one man. They came in 3 different meals breakfast dinner and supper. The breakfast consisted of a small can of bacon and eggs, a fruit bar, a packet of powered coffee, 4 cigarettes, some candy, and toilet paper. The dinner was about the same except instead of bacon and eggs it had a can of corned beef hash. The supper had a can of cheese, which was pretty good cheese, and powered lemonade instead of coffee. We also had 10 in one rations in the field. They came in a large carton and had rations for 10 men for one day some of the stuff in them was pretty good the jam in them was good the pork and beans was like any canned beans and it had good cheese in it.
FUNNY INCIDENTS OF ARMY LIFE
Life in the barracks wasn't all humdrum there were lots of pranks and funny incidents. I am going to narrate a few of them, as I remember them.
We had one fellow in Division Hq. that came to us when he was 18 years old. His name was Walter Daunhiemer. He was good looking and very athletic, in fact he had been a star athlete in high school. He had a short temper, but was mostly all threat. Every one liked to play tricks on him. One of the things that was done to him was we would take his girl friend's picture and hang it over the girl's picture on the V.D. poster, which hung in our barracks. The poster had a slogan that said "she make look clean but," The poster implied that just because the girl looked clean it was no sign that she wouldn't have V.D. When Walt would come into the barracks and see his girl's picture hanging there, he would go into a rage and threaten to knock the guy's teeth right down in his ass if he could find who did this.
Another prank that was played on him and also made him just as mad and had the same threat was that, some one had thrown a snapshot of Walt in the urinal and everyone was urinating on it. I don't think that he ever found out who did these things. He might have had suspicions, but never did anything about it.