Verbatim of Tape Narrated by Alton Ashcraft Page: 3
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in good shape and the speed would become pretty fast at times. Than one of the
teams would step in a hole or stumble over a pile of sand or end on a musquet
bush, than the whole bunch would pile up :nd +he gun end on top of them, and it
would really be a mess sometimes, because the other teams couldn't stop close
enough to keep from running over. Several men ,ere injured weekly, I was lucky,
I never got hurt in that way. I also might include here I was a wheel team
driver for the time that I drove a team.
All that we done wasn't work though, we had a wonderful dayroom and we
could play pool, cards or any of several games. We worked back in those days,
a regular 8 hour day so we had"lo+s of time for recreation. We had a movie
theatre on pos+ for the 82nd field artillery use and it showed current movies
at a greatly reduced price. We had no money generally spec king, so we were
issued movie books on credit so we could attend shows. Than we paid on pay day
for these books. We were also issued PX checks and barber checks. And the PX
checks were to by necessities such as shaving cre-m, beer, so fcrth, and barber
checks for hair cuts or groominess we might need. We were only paid once a
month and this was on the last day or the month, and our pay at that time for a
buck private was $21 a month. So with all the duducts per month and 250 to the
'Old Soldiers Home, our take home pay was between $10 and $12. We didn't have
any income tax or social sevurity though. We had off a half a day every week
which was Wednesday afternoon and we had off all day Saturday and Sunday unless
we were on KP, which is Kitchen Police or on guard duty, or some extra duty for
not getting our work done. Extra is generally been cutting down the lines out
of grass on the lawn, or policing the playground, or stable police which was not
gaurding the stables but cleanig them up. Cleaning the stables was another
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