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Winter in the Persian Gulf brought both rain and cold. The MOPP suits with their charcoal lining kept the heat on and body odor from escaping. Most of us hadn't bathed in 6 weeks.

In spite of the rain, it was still nearly impossible to dig an emplacement. Hours of work by an entire crew with pick axe, shovel and tanker bar yielded just inches of clay. And by the time crews could get that far, we usually moved again.

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