Promotions, while a subject of pride and esteem, came with a small helping of irritation.
When Corporals Winters and Nixon were discharged in July 1942 and reinstated as second lieutenants, they couldn’t stop grinning. Until they were handed their new insignia to sew on.
Winters was familiar with the craft, artfully lacing his needle through badge and uniform, but Nixon, whose life of pampered luxury never meant repairing holes in torn shirts or trousers, put the needle through his skin more often than his uniform.
“Here,” said Winters helpfully, taking the needle from his frustrated friend. “Let me show you.”
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