Yank Masthead (The unofficial) Yank Archives     

From the issue dated Aug 22nd, 1943.

Click here for a photo of the article.
Click here for a pdf of the article.


Blurb Writer for Travel Agency
Asked for It and Was Stuck With It

TRINIDAD—"The Riviera of the Carib­bean—Trinidad, Isle of Enchant­ment. Moonlit tropical nights . . . luscious native girls . . . adventure, beauty, love. Trinidad, where idyllic romance and lazy comfort walk hand in hand under an azure Caribbean sky."

From his swivel chair in the publicity office of a New York travel agency, Stanley C. Lucey used to write blurbs about this West Indian island. The fact that all his knowledge of the tropics came from a Betty Grable movie did not bother Lucey. As a press agent he had no more respect for truth than a soldier on the make.
This is a tale of ironic justice. Fate stepped in and deposited Stanley Lucey, as an MP corporal, on the shores of Trinidad with the first U. S. contingent.

Contrast Lucey's public admission of guilt, written after many months ashore, with his previous dry-run job:

"What I actually find here is steady rain and mud, or dust, heat rash, ringworm, malaria, scorpions, centipedes, bushmasters and vampire bats."

Nor was retribution done with Cpl. Lucey. What happened to him next shouldn't happen to a dogface. Fate carried him to OCS and now he's a second lieutenant.

Yank Archive curator's comment: Yank Archive curator's comment: OCS stands for Officer Candidate School.


Comment on this article:

Your name:


Type this word:

Comment policy: we reserve the right to remove or edit comments that are offensive, off-topic, or contain advertising. Do not use HTML tags in your comment.

Comments:
No comments yet.


Home-About-Articles-Photos-Newsbites

 © 2012 Yank Archives