Shore Patrol Duty

Reacting to this generally tense situation in Shanghai, the U.S. Navy took the precaution of recalling all its “white hats” (enlisted sailors) to their base. I was given a jeep, a driver, and a shore patrol arm band and was told to clear my section of town. Where were the white hats to be found? In night clubs and bars and in the widest variety of locations you could imagine, ranging from exotic penthouses to dirt-floor basements. What a tour of Shanghai I made that night! At every establishment I visited the hostess proprietor politely offered first a drink and then a coffee, and lastly a girl. I told them that, being on duty, I could accept nothing.


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