An extract from the book, Punchy Company…

Front Cover copy

“I knew a field grade officer, the commander of HHC, I Corps (GP), who dug himself a hole so deep that he fell in and never got out.  Like so many others, he’d taken to revelry in The Ville, but unlike them, he was especially careless, or at least foolhardy.  His wife, unbeknownst to him, felt compelled to write a letter of complaint to the Corps Commander, wondering why he’d been extended so many times.  Armed with this letter, the general called her husband into his office for, a little talk―Forearmed is forewarned, the wise man tells us, yet this officer was caught flat footed, with his pants down.

He previously told his wife he’d been extended due to “needs of the Army.”   Her letter had complained that the Army had not dealt fairly with him.  She wrote, “Sir, a short tour is not supposed to go beyond 13 months.  My husband has been on station near twenty months, having been involuntarily extended once already.  He recently called to tell me he’s been extended again, which seems excessive.”

On reading this, the general instructed his Chief of Staff to inquire into the matter; after all, it struck him as odd that any officer should be extended involuntarily, and the Chief, an old brigadier, smelled a rat, too, and as is so often the case with old soldiers, he was right: the major, it turned out, was a faithful officer, but an unfaithful husband.”


Punchy Company is a soldier’s tale, a memoir of the Cold War; of the men serving in South Korea during the period 1969 – 1974. It is a factual report concerning the men serving at Camp Red Cloud, specifically those associated with 2d Bn (HAWK) 71st ADA, and the ‘Ville’ that surrounded them, which ran on money, alcohol, and the desires of lots of beautiful yet impoverished women.”

About Michael

Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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