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Korean Kleenup Krew

Story ID:5918
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1946
Person:Sgt. Tarver, and the Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Korean Kleenup Krew

S/Sgt. Tarver and his K K K
(Korean Kleenup Krew)

That pipe smoking Sgt
And his Korean Kleenup Krew
Took care of the 29th. Gen. Hosp.
There’s nothing they couldn’t do.

From the boilers in the Boiler house
To the X-Ray machines
From Traction apparatus
Even the latrines.

From analytical scales
To the stoves in the mess
To the policing of the grounds
To the 29th. Gen. Printing press

He made sure we had steam heat
When it was twenty-five below
With all the inferior material
No easy job, doncha know.

But when dinnertime came for the Krew
You learned to stay away
The rotten smell from their lunch pail
The odor would make your hair turn gray.

Three small compartments
One filled with rice
Two filled with who knows what
Dead minnows and crayfish to be precise.

Very seldom were all eight
Present to go to work
Usually one or more were sick
Their stomachs had gone berserk.

But Sgt. Tarver
Always made do
With what was left of his
Korean Kleenup Krew

Monte L. Manka 04-09-10