Archive for December 2015

Boot Camp Treasures

While my Dad was a drill sergeant at Fort Knox, he would sometimes surpirse me and my brother with presents I call “boot camp treasures” from the previous cycle of recruits that passed through the post. While the pay was meager for recruits, they did receive three hots and a cot, as they say, and until they got weekend passes to go off post, most were confined to post and spent their pay at the […]

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To Find A Fallen Star

I stirred from an uneasy sleep. I needed to use the bathroom, too much juice again before bedtime. Opening my eyes I looked up into the darkness. It was quiet, only the gentle ticking from the clock crept through the stillness. A faint glow of sodium orange framed the bedroom curtain. I turn round to my left side and fumbled for my bedside clock which stood on the top of the bookcase beside the bunk […]

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A Thanksgiving Story

My most memorable Thanksgiving dinner was also my first. I was sixteen and after living thirteen years overseas had just gotten back to the U.S. the month before. I was stuck on a very remote post. There was no commissary, PX, snack bar, housing, nothing except a few million very tall pine trees. Only eight people lived on that post year around and I was going to be one of them. The Army said they […]

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A Look Back In Time by Bernard N. Lee, Jr.

A Look Back In Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the Fifties by Bernard N. Lee, Jr. Bernard N. Lee, Jr. is the oldest son of a career veteran of the US Army. Together with his sisters, Bernadine and Almaneta, and his brother, Mercer, he traveled throughout the United States and Europe during his childhood. The places he traveled, the people he met, and the stories he remembers are shared in this memoir. A […]

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Brats To Come

We here are all Brats. At one point in our lives, we all watched our parent (or parents) don their uniforms and walk out of our homes. For many of us, those departures turned into endless days, weeks or months of wondering if they would return. Sadly, some of us also watched as our loved ones returned to us with their coffins drapped in the colors of our nation. The sacrifices that they made defy […]

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It’s a Small World (For US Brats) After All

If you added up all of the folks that served across the branches over the last 30 or 40 years, and then added the number of dependants (that’d be you and me..and our civvy parent(s)), while the number would be rather large, in reality we’re a small, tight-knit demographic. Case in point was something that happened this past Sunday. My mother and I drove to the Arsenal to attend Sunday service at the Chapel. We […]

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