The Two Pvts. Jimmy Jones

Following basic training, I was stationed at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN for Advanced Individual Training at the Defense Information School (DINFOS). This is where they teach people how to write news & press releases the military way.

We had people from all branches of the service there, including two privates with the same name (I'll refer to them as Jimmy Jones to protect their real identities).

The black Jimmy Jones was a marine, the white Jimmy Jones was an airman.

One day they decided to play pool.  You needed to turn your military ID (w/picture) over to the supply sergeant to get the pool cues and, since it was white Jimmy Jones' idea to play but he had left his ID upstairs, he asked black Jimmy Jones if he would give him his ID to hand over.  Black Jimmy Jones was flabbergasted.

"What?!?!?  Are you crazy?!?!?  They'll take one look at it and know it's not you!

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"YOU'RE NOT A MARINE!!!"

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"What's Past Is Prologue"