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    5-19-18 Garand Picture of the Day

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    Just a guess, but it looks like the 101st ABN heading out for Bastogne.

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    I had forgotten the cattle cars...bet those are long gone and the guys that remember them are all rusty too...
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    We were transported in enclosed "cattle" cars in basic and AIT. Civilian drivers who drove like "bats out of Hades" and slung us around in the back. If they ever missed a curve then we all would have been dead. Now they use buses.
    When I was stationed at Ft. Lewis in the 70s, they used the cattle cars to transport us to field. One time we were being transported to the South Rainier Training area we passed through the small town of Yelm. As we went through the middle of town, we all started "mooing" loudly and kicking the sides. You should have seen the look on the residents faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BEAR View Post
    When I was stationed at Ft. Lewis in the 70s, they used the cattle cars to transport us to field.
    Exactly the time frame I envisioned too...I know this stuff was used with the RVN guys but I suspected the busses had taken over about the '80s, or by the end of them at least.

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    we all started "mooing" loudly and kicking the sides.
    Yes, that was done...on occasion...
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    We had the cattle cars at Ft Polk and Ft Sill in the late 60s. No civilian drivers though. Always one of the Training company or battery members did the driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Exactly the time frame I envisioned too...I know this stuff was used with the RVN guys but I suspected the busses had taken over about the '80s, or by the end of them at least. Yes, that was done...on occasion...
    That was back when I was riding the back step of a fire engine to work. They don't do that anymore either.

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