Getting Poor Americans into Clean Clothes?

You know, I think the main purpose of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps is to get poor Americans into clean, pressed, unpatched clothes, so rich Americans can stand to look at them.
–Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

US Navy Skiers at Adak, Alaska in WWII

5 thoughts on “Getting Poor Americans into Clean Clothes?”

  1. An older friend who fought in WWII once told us that when he and his buddies joined the army, they decided to join the 10th Mountain Division – thinking that “no one could shoot at them if they were skiing.” He said the military took these Texas boys to Colorado and put them on skis and took them up a mountain. He said they had all lied about knowing how to ski. Most of them tried to act like they knew what they were doing, but that he fessed up and said he had no idea how to ski. The Army kept him in the Division saying he was just trainable and just what they needed. His lying friends all got moved elsewhere. My friend eventually fought in the mountains of Italy during the war.

  2. They are holding wooden ply ‘110’ skis with leather binding straps as well as square toed ‘ski-march boots, the classic way to twist and brake a leg… none of this new fangled carbon plastic skis with quick release bindings and high leg plastic ‘stiffie’ boots.

    Yours Aye.

    1. My first pair of ski boots were lace-ups with bear-trap bindings and a leather safety strap. I hated the bindings, but those boots were more comfy on me than the buckle boots – it took boot makers a while before they realized women’s legs were different than men’s legs. I still hate ski boots.

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