Water "High Jinks"
Another anecdote submitted by Charles G. Pefinis (“PIF”)
87th Division, 345th Regiment, Company G.
In early January 1945, I started
infantry basic training at Camp Howzey (near Paris )
Texas . We call it Camp Lowzey .
In our new group of aspiring
infantrymen was Mike. Mike was from the Deep South
somewhere and was a finagler par excellence! Mike’s
family was in the plumbing business covering everything
from cesspools to installing plumbing in fancy hotels.
For some reason which we could not
comprehend, Camp “Lowzey” had the hottest water in
Fresh, downy faced, young recruits
were arriving each day. Mike suddenly had a brainstorm!
Working feverously one night with several of us holding
flashlights, Mike managed somehow to divert the plumbing
to one of the toilets from cold water to the steaming
hot variety. Somehow too, he managed to make the
pressure two to three times greater.
As a new recruit came in to sit on
one of the toilets – all of which were exposed, (as we
all know), somehow a whole bunch of guys suddenly had
“to go”. Only one toilet was unoccupied. Guess which
one! We waited expectedly for the victim to flush.
Oh man! There was much hooting,
hollering and screaming. The screaming coming from the
“red bottom” victim!
It was interesting though, to see
how quickly these red-bottomed victims quickly converted
to gleeful perpetrators on the arrival of fresh white -
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