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  •  My Dad had a Florida story from WWII (11+ / 0-)

    He was stationed at Drew AFB in Tampa.  Dad loved trains, especially live steam.  One day he and a friend left the base during some free time and wandered over to a nearby freight yard where there were several locomotives sitting on switch tracks.  It was a sunny day, and quiet, so Dad and his friend began exploring, climbing up and looking at the beautiful machinery.

    During their adventure they came happened upon a black gentleman.  If Dad said whether he was younger or older I don't recall, but Dad was quite taken aback when he jumped up, apparently terrified, saluted them and stood at attention, waiting for permission to move.

    Not coming from the south, Dad could not understand the man's terror.  Years later, when he retold the story, he had some idea why the man might be so scared.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 06:36:24 AM PST

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