Stove, Tent, Model 1941
"HE DON'T LOOK like much but He is my Stove, I shall not mistreat him,
He shall be kept clean with hoses unkinked and carburetor functioning,
He is my one warm friend in cold weather."
Printed neatly on the cardboard container of a ration box and tacked in the place of honor on the center tent pole, was the inscription engraven for all to see.
To the uninitiated, this might have provoked a waggish remark, but to any Marine weathering a winter in Korea, it earned nothing short of a reverential nod of agreement.
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