Frank’s panda in Burma

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Steve’s uncle Frank gives us a human-interest story of the CBI Theater.

PT Boat Red

As it turns out, Red Stahley wasn’t the only member of the family who had an interesting pet experience during the war.  My uncle, Frank Morris, serving in the Army in Burma was the proud owner of a panda–at least for a few days. 

Frank relates the story thus;  “Our US Army unit may have been the first to capture a panda.  We found a young one chewing on bamboo in our area.  We fashioned a rope harness and leash for him and he was with us for several days before chewing his way to freedom.”   

As we were recently discussing this episode, Frank made the point that after the panda cub had escaped, he and the other soldiers came to a stunning realization.  Since pandas regularly dine on bamboo, a rope harness was not much of a challenge, even for a cub.  Telling the story caused Frank to erupt in…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on March 26, 2016, in First-hand Accounts, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. A charming story, it’s wonderful when something light, like this, comes out of those dark times.

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    • Very true, Hilary. And that’s the reason why I include the Military Humor section – without it, I don’t think anyone would have come out of this a sane human being.

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  2. What a great story, and the laughs that it produced, is great, too

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  3. Great story! Just gotta love those pandas! But I guess they’re just lucky it only chewed through its rope and not one of their fingers!

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  4. Thanks so much for reblogging this post about my Uncle Frank! He was a major influence in my life. His humor, kindness, and generosity touched many lives and I was so fortunate to be among them. Sharing his war stories with a broad audience is very gratifying. Keep up the great work, GP–I continue to learn so much from your posts.

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    • I thank you and your Uncle Frank for giving us a great story and to you for sharing it. It’s always a pleasure to smile at a war story, the human side to it all.

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  5. Thanks for reblogging this. I followed your lead and reblogged it on warandsecurity.com

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  6. Norocul să fie mereu cu voi . . . să aveți parte de iubire . . . zâmbetul să-l aveți mereu pe fața și un weekend plin de VIAȚA vă doresc tuturor !
    Have a great and beatiful weekend !

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  7. Great mascot story. My father mentioned a pet monkey in one of his Burma letters. I was also having trouble accessing WP last night & this AM. Perhaps same issue as derrickjknight? Mine was a firewall protection issue.

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  8. I had a baby python once when I was a young lieutenant. Found it in one of our jungle patrols. I didn’t realize that my men would sneak in when I wasn’t round, and bring the python out to scare/play with the kids. Not long after, the snake escaped. Probably didn’t like playing with the kids. Oh well, probably for the better too.

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  9. Excellent inside look at a bit of Military Humour during those dark times of the War, Red Stahley sounds like a man with a very humourous colourful background.
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading of his escapades.

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  10. I’m having trouble being blocked from many WP sites, so I can’t read all of this original 😦

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  11. Always nice to read the more amusing stories of events and happenings behind the fighting lines. Having a panda as a mascot doesn’t seem like a very good idea, so it was just as well it escaped. Shame that Uncle Frank didn’t get a photo at the time though.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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