LOL! This was Parris Island SC in 1992 for me!
Are some of you fellas that were in the service like me inthat you could not wait to get out of barracks life, kp duty, etc, etc, only to wind up nostalgia for it?
Don't forget the latrine...
When I was in the Army Nat Guard from 2000-2006, I had the chance to stay in old 1940's-1950's barracks at Ft. Pickett, VA. From the looks of the interiors it looked like the last time any major renovation was done was the 1960's or 1970's.
But what stood out to me was how archaic the latrine ( restrooms) was. The sinks had two water faucets- one for cold water, the other for scalding hot water. I suppose that back in the day two faucets would have made sense if the sink was plugged up and filled with water. However, now that's a bit unsanitary considering how many guys use the sinks in one day over many years. So we have two faucets and I like to use warm water to take care of personal hygiene.
Another thing was the toilets which were in a little room. Six toilets with three facing each other. Some barracks had stalls, but no doors. But what was really great ( sarcasm), some barracks didn't have any stalls! Just a room with six toilets out in the open. So much for privacy.
Oh yeah and there were no urinals, just a long troft we pissed in.
I'm sure the soldiers of WWII went through the same latrine experiences.