LT Dan Taylor: "There is one item of G.I. gear that can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt. Socks. Cushioned sole, O.D. green. Try and keep your feet dry. When we're out humpin', I want you boys remember to change your socks whenever we stop. The Mekong will eat a grunt's feet right off his legs. . . Two standing orders in this platoon: One, take good care of your feet. Two, try not to do anything stupid, like getting yourself killed."I bring up LT Dan because the other day a friend of mine and I were doing the thrift store thing when we had a stunning turn of good luck. Normally, I don't check the sock bin, most of them being badly used and holed. But God took us down that aisle looking for the hat bin (boonie hats usually $1.49 each when you can find them) and there was a worker dumping pairs of brand-new socks into the sock bin -- OD USGI's in sizes M through XL and Thorlos.
PVT Forrest Gump: "I sure hope I don't let him down."
My friend ran to get a cart and we took the whole load -- 110 pairs -- at FIFTY NINE CENTS A PAIR. So, boys and girls, be sure and check the sock bin. You can never know what the Lord may provide you as pay-off for your persistence -- or blind, dumb luck.