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Build a Road the Army Way

Post  byrd45 on Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:46 am

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From: byrd45 (Original Message) Sent: 12/7/2007 9:08 AM
Build a Road the Army Way
One of my first jobs as a new Army lieutenant in Vietnam was to build a road across a rice paddy. Progress was slow because the paddy devoured most of the dirt we laid down. My superior officer, a major, appeared one day, determined to speed things up.

His solution was to scrape the crust off the top of the paddy and with it, construct the road. He quelled my protestations with a stern, "Lieutenant, *I'm* in charge."

He ordered a bulldozer into the paddy, but the massive monster sank in the muck. Undaunted, the major ordered another dozer to help the first one out. It, too, was soon stuck. After a long silence, the major got into his jeep. His departing words were, "Lieutenant, you're in charge."

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