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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 7:48 p.m. PST

… to Fight in World War II

"After four months of combat I had my first tub bath and I shall never forget it. We entered a little Dutch town and saw a sign over the entrance to a large factory, "American Army men who desire showers are welcome." Our first reconnaissance party for the shower detail approached the plant cautiously, fearful that the whole thing might be a big booby trap, but investigation proved that the facts were even better than the sign promised. There were showers, but there were also jumbo-sized bathtubs with steaming hot water, each tub in a semi-private compartment with a locker, a radiator, white tiled walls and a heated cork floor in approximately the style of any Downtown Athletic Club.

All this was ours, it turned out, because the foreman of the plant was the local leader of the resistance movement. He thought it was something he could do for the Americans; I'm sure he will never realize how much it was…"

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JMcCarroll24 Jan 2023 1:52 p.m. PST

Enjoyed it alot.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 2:40 p.m. PST

Happy for that!…


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 2:45 p.m. PST

Nice! Thanks for finding this

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2023 3:01 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it too…


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