Scattered Throughout The Army, There Were
A Number Of Distinct Types Of Soldiers...
DRONE - One who shirked
his duties and lived off his comrades. Such a man was a chronic borrower of money,
tobacco, equipment and food, and would be the first one to play sick.
BLOWHARD OR PUFFER - A
leader in a gabfest and lost no opportunity for self-glorification. He brags of his family
background and achievements in civilian life.
ROGUE - Vicious scoundrel,
including thieves, cutthroats, rapists, buggery, murderers and off-scouring of humanity.
HELL RAISERS - Mischievous
men who would provoke a fight for pure devilment, or hurl insults at officers from a
concealed spot, abuse women and take advantage of gullible Negroes.
SOT - Would drink any sort
of intoxicant (however vile) and would stay (current) as long as liquor could be had.
CHRONIC FORAGER - Spent
major portion of his time supplementing rations by trading begging or stealing, so great
was his resourcefulness.
BUMMER - Was a scoundrel
whose main objective was to plunder the richest, preferred raids on civilian rebels, out
for personal gain.
THE MOURNFUL ONE or RECLUSE - Saturated
himself in gloom, pessimistic view of future, he dwells on sickness and death, would cook
and eat by themselves.
JONAH or CONSTITUTIONAL
BLUNDERER - Devoid of rhythm and coordination. He spills his coffee on his comrades,
kicks them in their shins and sticks them with bayonet during drill. Homely in appearance,
generally absent when his services were needed.
MAMMAS BOY - Helpless
one who has to be wet-nursed by his comrades. Always underfoot. Would do anything for
anyone just to be one of the boys.
I LOVE LIFE - Greets
reveille with a whoop devours a rough breakfast, performed drill in the manner one plays a
pleasant game, shows no boredom, full of good humor, chronic prankster.
EVER FAITHFUL - Never
missed a formation or battle, endured hardship without murmur and when fate required,
uncomplainingly laid down their lives for country and cause.