The Melting Pot of the Islands1
OUTWARDLY, there was no basic difference between Philip Ames and his messmates of the Olongapo Battalion. His campaign hat showed the same rakish tilt and his khaki bore the unmistakable hall-mark of Chong Woo, the Chinese tailor of Cavite. He had easily achieved the insouciant habit of carrying an ebony swagger stick when not on duty with troops. The Marine Battalion, however, from Major Nettleton to Jimmy Smith, the bugler of D Company, looked deeper through service-trained eyes. Barnes, captain of D Company, expressed the battalion's verdict bluntly but not unkindly.
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