Submitted by: Wilford Stay
It was December 1950 and I was concerned about being drafted for the Korean War. I thought things might be better if I enlisted so I stopped by the Recruiting Office. I was told I could have two choices either the Army or the Navy. If I chose the Navy that was it I would be sent off to Boot Camp. But if I chose the Army I could have two choices either the Artillery or the Infantry. If I chose the Artillery that was it. But if I chose the Infantry I could have two choices. Upon graduation I could stay Stateside and be a DI or I could go to Korea. If I chose to become a DI that would be it, but if I chose to go to Korea I would have two choices. I could stay back in reserve or go straight to the front. If I chose to stay back in reserve that was it. But if I chose to up front I would have two choices. If I was shot at there could be two choices either they missed me or hit me. If they missed me that was it. But if I was hit I would have two choices I would live or I would die. If I lived that was it. But if I should die there were two choices. They could bury me there or ship my body home. If they buried me there that was all. But if I was sent home there would be two choices I could be buried or I could be cremated. Now if I was buried that would be it. But if I was cremated there were two choices. My remains could be scattered or they could sell them to the paper factory. If I was scattered that was it. But if I was sold to the paper factory there would be two choices. I could be made into either facial tissue or toilet tissue. If I was made into facial tissue that was all. But if I was made into toilet tissue again there would be to choices. Either I could be put in the boy’s room or into the girl’s room. Now if I was put in the boy’s room that was it. But if I went to the girls room again two choices. With all this on my mind I went and joined the Air National Guard instead.
Retired from the Air Force November 1974 with the rank of Major. Past Post Commander of Lester Keate Post 90 St. George Utah. Currently serving as Department of Utah Area 4 Commander.