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Lean Mean Fighting Machine

Story ID:6340
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1945
Person:Uncle Sams Fighting Machine The Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Lean Mean Fighting Machine

A Lean Mean Fighting Machine

After months of Basic Training
(Taking all that Cadre Crap)
Bivouacking in the rain
Advanced training on the flame thrower
I graduated as
A “Lean Mean Fighting Machine.”

Still shaving once a week
To clear off all that “Peach Fuzz”
Here stands a farm kid turned professional
The meanest guy that ever wuz.

Check that lean body
Those Iron like muscled arms
Those muscular ABS
Shaped to do the enemy harm.

All this training was for naught
The enemy heard I was on the way
They signed the papers on the battleship “Missouri”
Kinda made my day.

So I’ll spend September 1945
Here in my two man tent
With my buddy Floyd C. McDaniel
Wonderin where the enemy went.

Monte L. Manka 09-20-10

Picture taken on Okinawa, in 45 by my tent buddy Mac.