In many situations, uniform dress on base did not require a necktie, but a tie was always standard when a soldier left the base.
One Sunday, knowing that I was leaving base for an evening church service, I unbuttoned my shirt and shoved the required tie in between the uniform and my undershirt so I wouldn’t have to return to the barracks after duty. That afternoon, I went to the bathroom, but couldn’t find the tie in my shirt, so I ended up hurrying back to the barracks anyway. I quickly tied it, fixed my collar, and then headed out the gates.
The Baptist church was two miles down the road, so I walked and hitched. A couple of pretty girls in a sports car picked me up and drove me the rest of the way to the church, where I slid into the pew just as the service was starting.
In this particular church, visitors stood to introduce themselves. When they called for visitors, I stood up, and in good army “at ease” form, put one hand behind my back . . .
And found the missing tie, dangling from my belt down my pants like a tail. The girls hadn’t mentioned a thing about it.story told by Steve to Dawn Harrell (Steve’s daughter), May 5, 2013
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