1. Recap of Army Facilities
Ft. Benjamine Harrison, Indiana
Ft. McClellan - Anniston, Alabama
Camp Shenango - Pennsylvania
Ft. Lawton - Seattle, Washington
Fort Sheridan - Illinois
Port of Embarkation
2. Conscription - the Draft
3. Selection Process
5. General S. B. Buckner, Jr.
6. Major A. Brindle
7. My Outfit
8. My Buddies
9. Supply Sergeant
10. Army Medical Experience
11. Civilian Contractors
13. Returning to the States
15. Unspoken Concerns
FORT SHERIDAN -ILLINOIS
At a mid-point between Chicago and Milwaukee, a large sprawling
Army Camp, Ft. Sheridan, as well as the Great Lakes Naval Training
Center, are located.
When asked, "Where would you like to be discharged from?"
, I chose
Ft. Sheridan ---in the general area that I planned to settle in.
The place was in utter chaos ---unable to handle the trainloads of
men arriving. I, along with thousands of others, were given 30-day
furloughs (this was the first furlough I was given in my 3-year Army
experience) with instructions to report back at a certain date.
After a lot of visiting the people I left behind, I returned for the
countless steps, converting me from a soldier to a civilian.
When leaving this Army facility , an insignia was sewn on to our
jackets, resembling a bird of some kind, and which we referred
to as the "mptured duck" .
The last order was then given to us as we left -"you must not wear
your Army uniform more then 30 days from today"!.