Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Long Ears in Service
Mules and Donkeys in the Marines...
This is a Fox News report which doesn't really surprise me much at all.
My father who loved books gave me a couple of books he acquired when he learned of my intense fondness for mules and donkeys.
One book is published by the War Department Office of the Quartmaster-General. The book was originally revised in 1916 by order of the Secretary of War, H. L. Scott, Major General, Chief of Staff.
It was reprinted in 1981.
It is called: Manual of Pack Transportation
Published by Quail Ranch Books, Santa Monica, CA.
It literally is a 'how to' manual of packing Howitzers, ammunition, and even how to use a mule as a one or two stretcher ambulance.
In our day and age of high tech and mobility, it seems the US Forces goes back to learning the value of the mule and donkey.
The long ears have had a place in military campaigns for many many years as far back as the Civil War mules have been in the service. [I'm not a History buff, so if I am incorrect feel free to do so.]
We come around full circle back to mules [and donkeys].
My hat is off to these often not very well appreciated members of our Armed Services.
Another interesting site to read:
Horses and Mules During WWII