PATCHES THAT WRIGGLE – SOLDIERS ROUGH IT ON THE ISLAND OF BERMUDA

By Cpl. William Pene Du Bois

YANK Field Correspondent

BERMUDA—“If you don’t think things can be tough in Bermuda,” says Sgt. Floyd Nute of Portland, Maine, “take a look at conditions at the outpost where I was stationed.

“Once when the supply sergeant ran out of gun patches, we had to resort to colonies of insects that overran our post to do the job of cleaning our rifles.

“First we would run one of Bermuda’s famous eight-inch centipedes through the barrel to loosen the rust. We followed him with two worms soaked in oil. Then we finished the job by directing a pair of nice dry caterpillars through the long tunnel to polish up our lands and grooves.”

“I guess things are tough all over,” Sgt. Nute added.



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