(Spring 1942, Wisconsin) My late great-grandfather told me this story, and
my great-uncle swears it really happened. During World War II, Larry Shaw,
a 19-year-old college dropout, received notice he was to be drafted. He
was given orders to report to an Army recruiting post. Already having lost
an uncle and a cousin to the Japanese, Larry was afraid to go. He was
aware that if he wasn't in perfect health, the Army would reject him. But
if he hurt himself on purpose, he would go to jail!
Larry, who worked at a farm with my great-grandfather, came up with a plan
to "accidentally" hurt himself just enough to avoid the war, in a manner
believable enough to pass as an accident.
While he and his co-workers were in the field, and without alerting any of
them to his intentions, Larry walked up to a horse and tried to get it to
step on his foot and break his toes. The horse, however, refused to move.
No matter how much Larry pushed and shoved the horse, he couldn't get it to
step on him. After trying for a long time, the frustrated Darwin hopeful
got mad and kicked the horse in the tail. The startled horse responded by
Larry was struck in the throat and died a few hours later, successfully
dodging the draft, if not the kick.
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