Interaction Between Civilians and Servicemen

Corporal Wilson: Well, it was a funny thing you know, when you're in the army and there's no war, it's kinda like "well, we really don't need you," it's kinda like having a fireman where there's no fire or a police officer . . . you know the old saying "where's the police officer when you need him?" They really don't want to pay for this, but you're there and . . . as soon as the war starts, boy they can't do enough for ya . . . it's good rapport between the people because they realize that now they need ya. But this, as I would say, and it improves . . . the longer the war is and closer the war is.

Corporal Jordan: A little abrasive. People in Astoria didn't particularly care for the soldiers at Fort Stevens, they didn't like the Coast Guard that was stationed right in Astoria and they had the Navy right out at Tongue Point, was an active base at the time so there was a lot of pressure, especially on the young men, there was a lot of pressure from all these strangers coming into town. The merchants liked them because it generated quite a little bit of money. Police didn't like it because it created a lot of work for them. And, of course, the youngsters didn't like it because of the pressure for their girlfriends.

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Last updated: Jan. 8, 2000.
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