Maurice always said that he enlisted after being hospitalized from a beating he got for crossing a picket line but he also knew war with Japan was likely.

His first duty was with the then famous Third Division that had served in China with extra-long, nickel-plated bayonets.

When his unit was called out to quell a strike that had gone violent, he got to watch his Sergeant Major execute a perfect long-thrust bayonet stroke at the ring-leader’s leg, deftly missing the man's femoral artery. 

He saw the poetic justice in this.   >>>

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