In this issue, we focus on Mr. Grover
Prowse. At the outbreak of WWII, Mr. Prowse lived in Albany,
Oregon where he registered for the draft. He then moved to McClary,
Washington and worked in a veneer factory. When his draft number
came up, he was inducted into the Army at Fort Lewis, Washington.
He recalls the induction process with some amusement. At a station
issuing shoes, Prowse who wore size 7 shoes was handed size 9s.
Upon complaining, it was suggested that he wear thicker socks.
Perhaps the funniest aspect of this story is that he wore size 9
shoes from then on and even to today. Shortly after his
processing, he was detailed to guard duty on his first night.
On that rainy night, he was issued only a pool cue stick as his
weapon and was told to guard a transformer. That evening, he was
approached by a soldier who asked what he was doing. He
responded that he was guarding the transformer. Without
thinking, he added that as far as he was concerned anyone that
could pick it up could have it since he was only given a cue
stick to protect it.
It turned out
that the soldier was the Sergeant of the Guard who was not
impressed with his response.<More>