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JOINAGAN

It was unusual for a Major to command so small a unit, even if it served as the bivouac for administrative Headquarters, Greece. These kinds of units were usually commanded by lieutenants or captains. Major Joinagan was the highest-ranking officer in Greece, second only to a bird colonel on the mountain.

Major Joinagan was famous in his own small way. When I was at HQ Army DC, a soldier came in who was AWOL absent without leave, from guess where, that same unit I would come to find out when I got there, commanded by Major Joinagain. He wanted advice on what he should do, and he told stories about how crazy the place was. I paid almost no attention at the time, and even after I got to Greece myself, it was some time before it dawned on me, that I was in the one and same unit. But one thing I did know, before I had left DC, there were two places in the army that had the most psychiatric cases, according to friends in the Pentagon that would know, and these were my DC HQs unit I was already in, and the unit I would eventually arrive at in Greece.

When in Greece, my unit was one of three, on a US compound the edge of a Greek Air force Base, about a half-hour from Athens. It consisted of six one story stone buildings. A mess hall, two barracks, containing as well, a tiny library, store and rec-room with pool tables in the mess hall building.

Across the street were three buildings, the first mini-headquarters for the admin unit to include the adjoining office of the Major, the second building supply, finance and ordinance HQs. And the third building was the bomb-disposal unit with post-office and movie theater, and an unused Quonset hut off to the side of the whole.

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