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‘Miss ya, Dennis Mitchell’

He said “Pvt. Trujillo, everybody in this platoon is out of step but you.”

As you parse this sentence, don’t even think of construing the drill sergeant’s criticism as a bushel of compliments.

The sergeant who was so free with the comments, a man by the name of Brewster, actually was referring to someone else, another Trujillo. And besides, by that time I was no longer a private in the Gallup National Guard but what we called an Sp.3, a rank slightly higher than a measly private.