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The Road to Perseverance: Story 4353

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September 12, 2016
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Summer '99. We're on ftx, I believe set to graduate the following week. There's about 5 or 6 of us who managed to escape duty, and were having a quiet, lazy morning laying in the sun. We found an old hasty position some poor soul had dug, and all 5 or 6 were sprawled in it, our legs tangled together.Some were sleeping, but I couldn't. I was laying with my eyes closed, face towards the sun, when I felt a disturbance in the force. I cracked an eye just as a gray grenade canister with a red stripe landed a few inches from my head.Apparently, DS D came across an expended CS grenade, and thought it'd be funny to scare the sleeping privates with it. I was speechless, and could only shake the soldier next to me to get his attention. From there, it got more lively, and we cleared out pretty quick.Surprisingly, nothing ever happened to us. We got away with sleeping in the sun for a morning. That's one of my favorite memories from basic.

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