From: Toledo, Ohio
4 February 1942, Reykjavik, Iceland
Wednesday night is poker night for the officers of Foxtrot Coy. Brett has joined CPT Eschenberg, LT Bell the Coy XO, LT Ells of 2nd Platoon, LT Kowalski of 1st Platoon, and LT Yates of the Weapons Platoon in the Captains quarters. Life as an officer in the USMC can be lonely. The need to maintain a command presence naturally inhibits any strong bonds from forming between the enlisted men and themselves. The weekly meetings allow these five men a chance to relax among peers.
“Sir, you hear any news of when we might be leaving”, Castlebury asked CPT Eschenberg.
“No shop talk! We are here so I can take your money”, Kowalski interupted.
“Yeah, deal the cards for pity sakes”, Ells commented.
“OK, gentlemen. The game is five card draw, Jacks or better to open, nothing wild”, Brett said as he dealt.
“Unlike you, Kowalski, I can both play cards and talk at the same time”, CPT Eschenberg retorted. “To answer you question, Castlebury, I don't have a firm date but this will likely be our last full month on this Godforsaken rock. Five”
“Well, that's best news I've heard in while”, Kowalski said. “See your five, raise you five”, throwing a nickle in the pot.
“Call”, Ells said adding his own five cents. “Any idea where we're heading?”
“Call”, Bell signaled also.
“Call”, Brett said as he turned to Eschenberg.
“Three”, the captain said as he discarded. “All I can say is it will be a lot warmer than Iceland”
“Two”, Kowalski said “Maybe some place with white sandy beaches and scantily clad native girls?”
“Like any native girl would go for your ugly mug, two”, Ells snorted.
It was true. Kowalski was not exactly a lady's man. In fact he would scare small children if he were allowed out in public.
“Three”, requested Yates
“Two”, Bell responded in cue
“Dealer takes three”, Brett said. “Who knows, Kowalski, the law of probability says there has to be a girl out there as ugly as you”.
“Yeah, your soul mate”, Eschenberg joined in. “Raise a dime”
“See your dime and raise a dime”, Kowalski said obviously annoyed
Ells folded. Yates folded. Bell Folded. Brett folded.
“See your ten and raise you another”, Eschenberg said throwing two more dimes on the stack.
“Call”, Kowalski answered. “Queens over sixes, sir. What you got?”
“Three Jacks”, the captain said raking the pot towards him.
“Aw, don't feel too bad, Kowalski”, Ells said. “You can always use the officer's camel”
Even Kowalski joined in the laughter as all six men knew the joke.
"We have met the enemy and they are ours" - Commodore O.H. Perry