Stories of the Highway Patrol
Signal 23 *
by Monte R. DeVere
The following was written by Sgt. Monte R. DeVere sometime in 1957 while stationed at Detachment "C" [Augsburg]. Sgt. DeVere is now deceased as the result of action in Viet Nam.
Signal 23 *1 By Monte R. DeVere
It was down in the HP Office,
And Business was Signal five. *2
The Desk Sgt. sat with his feet
Propped up, while the radio
jumped with jive.
The patrols were all on standby,
having finished their routine chores;
They had halted their war on the
highways, and were waging a battle
of snores. When from the direction
of Munich, Seven Charley *3
roared out of the night;
With a foot made heavy by whiskey,
and a head made dreadfully light.
It happened at Dasing cut-off;
Old Hermann was flying low;
When the law of the fourth dimension,
Said somebody had to go.
You'll find the rest in the records,
The crash was heard from afar;
There wasn't a thing left of Hermann,
and darned little left of his car.
Then a wake was held for 'Seven Charley'
He was sent on his way with a prayer;
And we wished we could send him his
whiskey, Cause he's going to get thirst
*1 MP Code for an accident.
*2 MP Code for out of service.
*3 American owned vehicle