Jan 30, 2015

Private Chandler a chapter in Every Book Counts: The Stories of My Life by Samual C. Chandler reads like Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues meets Brother Chandler (who is perhaps a Brother from another planet).

Sam in 1943

Radio Communications

Sam writes,

Stationed in England
To this day, I stand amazed at the type of life I lived while I was in the Army. Between the end of my basic training in Biloxi Mississippi, and the receipt of my permanent assignment in England, I lived in luxury hotels in Chicago and Atlantic City. Trained as a communications specialist and telephone operator, I was taken to England on the Queen Elizabeth, the largest luxury liner in the world. Stationed at Stoke on Tent in England, I was billeted in quarters that had been a tourist attraction in peacetime. Later while I was in Duxford and Fowlmere, I lived in comfortable barracks and worked in an assignment that placed no restriction on leaving the air base as long as I reported for duty as assigned. In the Army, I was allowed to take correspondence courses that counted for credits from Brigham Young University. I was also allowed unlimited use of the huge library that served all the colleges of the world famous Cambridge University, where I studied for the entrance exams I would later take at BYU, and I was allowed to visit The Fens and Wales where my ancestors came from so I could gather my family's genealogy.

This ending paragraph only begins to summarize the chapter entitled Private Chandler, in which Sam Chandler writes about his army and experience in World War II. 

For example, the paragraph doesn’t mention what Sam endured in basic training or in communication school. It doesn’t say his air base was bombed weekly, or mention traveling hours on a bike to the attend church at nearest LDS Ward in England. He omits the dances and 'date nights' arranged by his Lieutenant or dating English girls (including cousins) who were members of The Church. He omits his discussion of Army Language and all the ridicule he and other LDS men received for not drinking or smoking and for wearing garments. You don’t learn about all the KP and being forced to give 'sermons', or the nickname his Sergeants gave him “Young-boy.” 

To read these and Sam’s other life stories, you’ll have to wait and read Every Book Counts when it is released on Amazon this February or March.

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