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4:30 am. Monday. Temperature -20F. Ray Barracks, Friedberg, West Germany.
It’s the coldest winter since the Battle of the Bulge. That was in 1944. This is 1978.
Every Monday and Friday, our mechanized infantry battalion, 1/36 Infantry, 3rd Armored Division, has battalion P.T. or physical training, calisthenics. The other days, its company level. But on Monday and Friday, the whole battalion turns out on the battalion parade field for P.T.