William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

JEALOUSY IN THE BATTALION

Jealousy is a thing that I’ve often seen
it makes some people cruel and mean
Acting Company Sergeant Major Ken McLeod
was jealous of the old vet crowd

He was jealous of Gordie Naylor
and Old Zump the Pump Zumprelle;
both had served o’er in WW2
and the Zump had a big beer belly

We saw him back stab many men
on his way to be the RSM
he acted like he was the stick of God
the lads they called him Ken the Rod!

He had a list behind his desk
he kept track of the battalion’s best
if you were good to all your men
you’d get an X from the rod’s pen

I was young and did not care
I had seven X’s listed there
I watched his mad dog jealousy
It didn’t mean fuck all to me

I was a Lance Corporal unpaid, both up and down
I’d fight and drink and cruise the town
But things they changed on my wedding day
for buying new furniture I would need more pay

My OC Charlie and Captain Snuff
were told my pay was not enough
I needed the deuce horn and the pay
and Derek Bamford would have his say

I got a B on the junior, years before
had my name on a plaque near the CO’s door
They took my quest to the CO’s O Group
presented my case and gave him the poop

I got the pay and I got the hook
in spite of my list in the Ken Rod’s Book
Jealousy made the Rod raise high
but the stress of it all, also made him die

The Rod he went off to an early grave
back stabbing many men along the way
Bill Carleton and Poncho and other good men
used to laugh at the antics that were used by Ken

Shortie Lottridge and a bunch of other old guys
were caught in the web of jealousy and lies
they couldn’t stand up to the cloud of hate
and the Rod ran ‘em all out the battalion front gate!

Eliminated the competition, made himself look good
and he ruined a lots of old soldiers whenever he could
he spent lots of time, negative energy and more
against the NCOs who had served in the Korean war

He didn’t like those who served in World War two
because their medals were many whilst his were few
I must say, for his efforts, he did reach the top
by playing jealousy games – always the bad cop!

This poem was inspired by “Jealousy” ©Copyright March 12, 2006 by John-Ward Leighton

Author’s Note: We all view life from different angles. My buddy old soldier and Canadian Poet John Ward Leighton is a fine wordsmith who often inspires me to write. His morning poem, Jealousy, has done just that.

I look at jealousy from a different angle here – normally it is associated with men being jealous about other men who try to make it with their wives – that is a curse that causes marriage break-ups and leaves many heartbroken and shattered lives behind along with semi abandoned children and that green monster has ruined many lives – these thoughts are my own and I mean no disrespect to anyone – John Carson, my old Platoon Sergeant and the RECCE NCO in Two Commando Cdn AB Regt, was one of the Rod’s “eliminated Korean War Veteran SNCOs” – if you want to hear stories about the rod ya gotta speak to guys like John – my observations are strictly my own and these words are not said to hurt anyone – for every bad thing the Rod did – he certainly did good things but it all depends on who’s ox is being gored !

I was a Lance Corporal for seven and a half years in the 1st battalion because that was a good rank for me at that time and it provided drinking and running around money and half my pay went to my Mom who had nine kids at home. But once I got married I decided to clean up my act and obtain the higher pay rates. I bought a new 1965 fire engine red Ford Mustang from Peter Pollen Ford in Victoria, and cruised the Country in it until the kids started to arrive and I switched to a station wagon. In the AIRBORNE I was well paid as a 27 year old Ops Sgt. I retired as a Platoon Sergeant after being Ops NCO for the AIRBORNE and for the SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE in Petawawa. I never saw any value in the tearing down of others to make one self look better – that was drivership not leadership.

Leadership was shown by natural flair guys like Lew MacKenzie, Don Ethell, and Charlie Belzile. The guys would naturally follow them. CSMs like Bill Carleton, Platoon Sergeants like John Carson, Ken Umpherville, and Tom Eagle were also natural leaders. Their style versus the Rod’s style – you pick