Mt. Fuji, Japan

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Right before my outfit went to Korea we trained at the base of Mount Fuji.  I could never figure out why this locale was picked for us to train, because we never went up that mountain.  Maybe the ruling elite figured the towering mountain would keep the sun out of our eyes while we trained

As you can see in the picture, the tents were set up and this was our home away from home.

One Sunday morning I was roused by a bevy of activity all around my bunk.  Sunday was our day off and I couldn’t figure out what was happening.  A few of my fellow soldiers had decided to go on a recreational hike up Mount Fuji and they asked me if I wanted to go along.

I told them I was way behind on my reading and I was going to see if I could catch up.  They asked me if I was sure and I told them I was positive.

So off they went with fire in their eyes.  Meanwhile, I borrowed a few of their pillows and made an extraordinary bed rest and lined up all the new pocket books I had gotten from home and got very comfortable.

I love to read and after a number of hours I finished two or three books and I hear my comrades returning.

All the zip was gone from their demeanor.  They collapsed in fatigue on their cots.  Intrigued, I ask my adjoining bed-mate how it went.  He said the higher they went the harder it got.  He said there were stations along the way.  I asked him how the view was from the top.  He laughed and said they only made it half-way up. “What kind of hardened infantry veteran are you?” I asked him and he laughed again.

“How did you know beforehand it was going to be so tedious,” he asked me.  I told him climbing a mountain was against my philosophy.  “I never run when I can walk and I never walk when I can lay down and rest.”  He looked at me with new-found respect and said that from then on he was following my philosophy and if he ever decided to climb a mountain I should slap him.  Of course, when we finally went to Korea, a country that is very mountainous, my philosophy didn’t work out too well.

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Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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Jerry Goldberg About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

  • Lin

    Lay down and rest. Two of the best words combined.

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