In our group saluting etc got pretty lax. Hell we were all in
this together and were all laying it on the same line everytime we went
Our C.O. was who we called "Fearless Red" was a West Pointer who went by
the BOOK. He was highly regarded (got his arm broken playing touch
football.) His last name is irrelevant but 450th knows it.
It got so no one saluted anyone except "FEARLESS RED"
One day a corporal, who had just arrived, was walking in front of Group
headquaters and met the Colonel and didn't salute. The Col. stopped him
and said "Soldier aren't you saluting today??" The Corporal replied.
"Sir I didn't think it was the custom on this field." The Col said " Who
is your squadron Commander??" The corporal replied "I don't know Sir but
everyone calls him Mac. (Lt Col McQuarter).
In 15 minutes every officer on the field was out on the Parade Ground
(runway) and we got the mother of all lectures on disciplne etc.
Hell for a couple of days we saluted everything that moved, Dogs, donkey
carts etc. It only took us a couple of weeks to get back into our old
Everett Frank - 721st Squadron