Travel Blessings:LOST & FOUND
This incident has become fuzzy in my mind over time but I remember it occurred while I was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY. That would have been around 1980/81. My MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was as a 75D aka Personnel Records Specialist. From time to time I was sent TDY (Temporary Duty Assignment) to other bases in a supporting role to soldiers on maneuvers.
Once I was sent to Ft. Polk, LA or as my fellow troops and I liked to call it at the time Ft. Puke! If you’ve ever been to Louisiana you know it contains a wide variety of scary horrific wildlife and creatures that must be left overs from the prehistoric era. Snakes, scorpions, bats, etc….
Of course once I received my TDY orders and paperwork I packed up my duffel bag thinking that it would meet me on base. Boy was I wrong! I made it to Ft. Polk but my duffel bad did not. I wound up having to hand wash my underwear as I had no change of clothing. The Commanding Officer assigned a female officer to take me into town to buy some new clothes until my duffel bag could be located.
Eventually to my great relief the duffel bag was found and once again I had clean uniforms and clothing. Who knows where it had been for between 24 and 48 hours. Perhaps riding around the luggage carousel at the airport aimlessly until a staff person picked it up, contacted the base who had somebody retrieve it so I would not be naked!!
Sp4 DeBorah Ann Palmer, US Army ~~ November 1977 to November 1981
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