Fong and Lee, restaurant workers, get paid. Stories average 1,000 words, including morality tales, feel-good/love stories, other-worldly stories, witty stories, dramatic stories, and farce/political stories. I had just finished going through the training process for my MOS, and had returned to my battalion’s barracks before going to another school. The story’s theme emphasizes the senselessness of war, making it perfect for pairing with other short stories or novels with a similar theme such as The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, or The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. You start drinking. Well the hold over barracks are there also. Submit your writing to be published on Thought Catalog. The other officers see blood on his sleeve. In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. . When he got in sight I yelled out, “heads up” and chucked the landmine at him. He was later arrested and no one heard anything else about it. The narrator tells of a time forty years prior in 1939 when Japan and China were at war. From 1914 to 1918, newspapers across the world were filled with stories about World War I (aka the Great War).News from the trenches appeared daily as well as the oddball stories about wives and sweethearts who were willing to do anything to prove their self-worth during the war. He was a tail gunner for a B-17 bomber. He searches the deserted town for a boat that can take him to the mainland. Eventually, I hope these pages will become a teaching resource. My Great Grandfather was sent over to Prague at the end of WWII. He finds his son’s relationship with his roommate, who was against the Vietnam War, puzzling. He’s carried up the stairs on a stretcher. If you don’t leave to piss you’re fine (back in the bottle). Making a purchase through one of these links could result in a small commission for me. I think it was a week night. The men were mixing boiling tar with their bear hands and spreading it over the roof in 104 degree weather. We once had a guy shoot a deer with a bow on base (not legal where he was at) and bring it back to the barracks. Editha has read about the Spanish-American war in the papers. He was a doctor, recruited by his country for some patriotic service. In our fantastic digital age, it’s possible to find wonderful short stories online in video form. Millions took part in the fighting, and sadly, millions died. In the winter of 1962-63, a boy, aged fourteen or fifteen, shows up at the recruiting office at Fort Trumbull, wanting to enlist. They explained “goat, take head, in head find brain, this goat brain” he finished eating the sandwich burrito thing because he said it was delicious. True War Stories Books Showing 1-50 of 55 American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Paperback) by. Wojtek proved to be the ultimate office pet for these war-weathered Poles, eating with them, drinking booze with them, sleeping in their barracks and trekking with them all the way from Persia to Palestine. Whirling Soldier is a Native American Vietnam War veteran. He risks lighting a cigarette which alerts a nearby sniper of his presence. The Official offers to transfer him somewhere more to his liking. This page contains stories that take place during or after a war, or have characters that have been greatly affected by war. He was out past curfew and was spotted by the MPs. They reminisce, with one of the men eager to share and describe his heroism, while the other is reticent. He was at camp in Iraq in 2003 and a few locals were working on a roof and was told to stand guard. He gets scared by a rabbit and then runs off and hides, falling asleep. War by Sherwood Anderson. Many war stories, such as the film "Band of Brothers" and Tim O'Brien's short story collection "The Things They Carried," prominently feature the relationships characters form in the midst of war. War is painful and destructive, and it brings out the worst of humanity. It goes like this: You need lots oft beer (We had 24 bottles each) and sit down on top of your room’s closet. Its brevity, its ability to capture snapshot views of life at war, and particularly its modernist, fragmented incarnation have been regarded as ideal means of expression in wartime, responding quickly to events, whether traumatic or mundane, without … Roger Malvin’s Burial | Nathaniel Hawthorne. Its 3 stories tall, swan dives off. Face plants concrete sidewalks. This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, and other affiliate programs. The narrator and Lebowitz are running around a track with other soldiers. Yes, it’s true! 3 Months later I saw him in the chow hall, still waiting to go home. When I was on the USS Enterprise in 2011 we had a Petty Officer 1st Class go parasailing naked in Portugal with a bunch of members of his shop. Henry Dobbins is a good man, and great soldier, but unsophisticated. He hasn’t fully come to terms with his past. He doesn’t think the men appreciate what they’re getting. On the way, he passes numerous war-dead and military debris. These individual short stories are the best of the best — and the even better news is that they're available for free online for you to peruse. There are examples of many types of stories for English readers. But he’s good now. The locals kept asking if he wanted some so eventually he gave in and had a few bites. He seemed to adjust after the Vietnam War, but then he lost his job and deteriorated. About 6 months ago, a suicide bomber detonated himself 15 meters from where I was standing in Afghanistan. During the Spanish Civil War, an old man sits on the roadside, exhausted and discouraged. No one was allowed on or off base, and Marines were told to stay indoors. One of the Germans were telling us about how they do things and one of our guys were translating for us. Tobacco and booze. We were waiting at the gate for him to sober up before making the walk of shame. After they were all dead, he finally went to be “rescued”. A six-year-old boy, who is a deaf-mute, wanders off one afternoon. World War II interrupts a couple’s courtship, including their routine of going to a movie on Dish Night so they could get a complete set of crockery. Lee wants to gamble, but Fong is worried about what his wife will think. He was in Vietnam, volunteered for 4 tours. There’s a war between the two Northern countries. My dad verified. He tried to make a run for it through an alley and then climbed on top of a small shed or building. A different friend was found passed out at a bus stop on base and had a BAC of almost 0.4, the MP that found him thought he was dead and the medics he called couldn’t wake him up with smelling salts. 9. Found out our new Marine was a virgin. What follows are fifteen of these true stories of World War II soldiers that you just aren’t going to believe! While mingling at a cocktail party, two husbands discover they were part of the same military action in WW II. They decide to bury the body even though there’s shooting just overhead. Caffal is a sergeant under Captain Madwell, and they are long-time friends. He starts going to town. He feels for the boy, though, and allows him to stay a while. And that is how my Jewish cousin participated in a Jew hunt. My great-grandfather dived in after him to keep him afloat. It burned my eyes and tasted like bleach. He calls this his worst experience in the war. He then tried to parkour his way to freedom across the rooftops of these shops. He stayed with us all the way to the end of training. So all they see is a naked dude flop out of the window land flat on his ass in the soft grass/mud mix, get up and run up the fire escape back to his room. Though he has a couple others. My great-grandfather was in the Navy during WW2 when one of the other sailors fell into the water. They’re still short on funds. A huge aqueduct from the North to the South is almost constructed. Second one was gas-mask drinking. Short story writers are listed alphabetically. He was working at a place that was cataloguing all of the stuff that was being pulled out of Hitler’s home when he and his buddies came across Hitler’s personal car, which he took out for a joyride. My grandfather told me a story of his brother during WWII. It was only about 20 standing around in forest including Germans. Two drill sergeants run up to him start SCREAMING at the top of their lungs for him to get up, what the hell was he doing and such. Well while in Afghanistan a buddy of mine told me his uncle was in Vietnam and while there his uncle was shot in the head. Paulette devotes herself to her work while waiting, and hoping, for Lee to return. Everyone is fleeing from the advancing Fascist army. Face plants concrete sidewalks. Mrs. Wang lives in a remote Chinese village. I had just gotten my own room for the first time in over a year so I pushed the beds together, bought some satin sheets and a mink blanket to be comfy in. We had a game called (roughly translated) Closet drinking. They discuss what would happen if all the world’s guns suddenly disintegrated. Paulette Ferry, a young woman, is a precision welder in a factory making altimeters for planes. Sign up for the Thought Catalog Weekly and get the best stories from the week to your inbox every Friday. One Marine retrieving a “bottom sample” from the inside of a Buffalo water tank. His group’s goal was to preserve lives. Citizens of the South look forward to everything they’ll be able to do with this ready water source. One day, however, I noticed our terp’s eyes widen and he got kind of embarrassed after speaking to one of the drivers. My best friend Simon would usually stand there, as he had in the war before, I could imagine the grin on his face. He ended up in mass and getting booted back to a 3rd class. He calls out to him but Ali ignores him and runs off. Two soldiers ponder the body of a fallen comrade. Large online library of short fiction (including war stories) with monthly features and additions. When I was stationed in Sasebo Japan on the USS Belleau wood I went AWOL and flew home to see my girlfriend. He talks about the preponderance of male casualties, the fate of mules, the decomposition of bodies, how people die, and other related things. We were out in the “waiting area” and he was taken to a room RIGHT NEXT to where we were sitting. During the War for Independence, two Englishmen are held captive by the Irish Republican Army. Featured authors include Mark Twain, Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, James Baldwin, H.H. His vest didn’t explode completely so the 45 pounds of explosives didn’t get set off, only the det cord. I was part of the 2003 Iraq invasion. To answer your question: sandpaper, razor blades, and hydrogen peroxide. We should find out who it is!” They proceed to go around and wake up each solider by shining a flashlight in their face and asking if they were the Jew. These stories might interest an avid reader, or might be suitable short stories for middle school kids. In a regiment are two brothers, Caffal and Creede Halcrow. Jonathan Iwegbu and his family rebuild their lives after the Nigerian Civil War. After that he was put on profile and given crutches. Luger pistols are selling at high prices, and Seeger has one. Stranger, Bear Word to the Spartans We . Well on the last Sunday we were all signing out to go to church. So you would either drink the whole liter or choke to death (or rip the gas mask off if you weren’t a moron). One shop locked one of the female airmen inside as a joke and she ended up cracking and taking the axe that they have for destroying confidential equipment to their gear. She has a romantic view of the war, and feels that her fiancé, George, should join the effort. Guy climbed halfway up the fountain at the main gate of Camp Casey about an hour after curfew. The stories start out light but always turn dark. Shortly after he finishes, they come under fire. A Perfect Day for Bananafish | J. D. Salinger. The narrator tells war stories interspersed with commentary on story telling. The commandant objects, saying the boy is too young and too small. A military captain wins all his campaigns and continues to advance his career even though he makes endless blunders. Krebs comes home after the First World War and keeps to himself. A slightly distant cousin of mine spent time in the Military, I think during the Vietnam war. In 1725, two wounded soldiers have been struggling to safety for three days. Suddenly he cries out as if attacked. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful "backline" stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over. She learns some English words, eventually becoming aware of the communist threat. I had sex on the roof of one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces. I have a bad habit of running my mouth and I didn’t think spending alot of time with the Lt was a good idea so I declined saying, “I would sir, but I hear your driver is so bad that he voids my life insurance policy and my folks would really need the money.” He laughed and walked away. He captured every Vietcong who imprisoned him, knocked him unconscious, and drug him back to his camp. Attacks usually come in twos so getting out of there was pretty frightening. The story came to me from a woman met on a train. Born late in WW I, the baby reports on its caregivers, famous people’s lives, and the war. That mission his vehicle wad hit by an IED and the blast killed the gunner, a SPC from HQC who volunteered for the mission. He rides a bicycle to his old Captain’s encampment. . The odor that assaults him from the closet makes him picture his son at graduation with a grenade in his hand. They argue about it, and Roger tells a story to persuade the younger man to leave. How they did that I have no idea. He knocked out three guys and gave two others stitches. I was conscripted into the german army. I was a Paralegal in the military. Civil War Stories is a collection of short stories drawn on Ambrose Bierce's experiences as an officer in the Civil War. Lyman Lamartine’s brother, Henry, goes to war in Vietnam and returns three years later a changed man. Our filter could be taken off and our canteen fit perfectly. His mother wants him to do something with his life and meet people. Not THE craziest but one of the funniest. They often visit the geisha house where they each have a regular woman. Some might simply offer commentary on war. He does well and is promoted. We offer a selection of WWI poems, short stories and books that expressed the war's raw brutality, in contrast with the patriotic platitudes and recruitment poster slogans of the period. 10. He notices some things are different. I can’t find the picture now, but he was even awarded a medal for it. Especially when all three of those things happen in the span of a couple minutes. While all the other novels in this list take place during an actual war, Nineteen Eighty-Four portrays a dystopian, perpetual war, with no signs of ending. It was weird. So I called gas and went to MOPP 1. These short stories give you the opportunity to understand big ideas in context. Tweet; Between 1939 and 1945, over 1.1 million Canadians served in army, navy, and air forces across the globe. He’s in jail now, he was in Seattle and killed a guy in a bar. He said it was like something out of a movie. this story resounts what happened to numerous veterands of the second world war and how their lives were so badly muddled. Abdul wonders what is wrong. I tried to argue with him, then he told me that story. When he looked back up, half of his friend was missing. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge | Ambrose Bierce. They have heard the talk of a war with the Japanese, but they haven’t seen it firsthand. One night, one of his fellow soldiers (who either wasn’t very observant, extremely sheltered, or just kind of stupid) comes up to him and says, “Hey, Kupelman, I hear there’s a Jew in our unit.” My cousin, deciding to play along, says, “Really? | Heinrich Boll. Okay, I lied. Two men, now members of the Paris National Guard because of an attack by Prussian soldiers, meet up with each other in the street. That will be 19 years ago January 2nd. I slid straight out of my second floor window and landed on the soft grass below. My dad’s story. Entrenched Indian and Pakistani soldiers send a stray dog to the others camp. I remember him watching MMA with me saying how these MMA guys aren’t shit. Sergeant-Instructor William Grogram comes out of retirement to lead the First Egyptian Foot, a lowly regiment that the Colonel believes is hopeless. I went to XOI (Executive Officer’s Inquiry) and he only gave me extra duty for thirty days because while I was gone my wife and I got married. These stories serve to remind us that life is not as hopeless as we think it is. You may unsubscribe at any time. After failing at a variety of assignments, Carter becomes an Army cook. My dad’s friend. Here is a collection of some of my best things I saw drunk people do in Korea: I was a sailor for four years and while on shore leave in Thailand i saw a buddy get the ever loving shit kicked out of him by five trannies with sticks, they seemed to know muay thai or some shit. He’s with an encampment of soldiers at Shiloh. Fong’s sons were killed in wars, and now he has no male heir. My bed was pushed up against the wall. We would always receive a copy of the previous night’s police blotter. At night, a sniper waits on a rooftop. Ernest Foster is inspecting his son’s dorm room before the police and other authorities get a look. Achebe didn’t write many short stories (in the preface to his 1972 collection, Girls at War, he notes that “a dozen pieces in twenty years must be accounted a … It didn’t even phase him. THERE WAS A little dog, for a short time. Learn more about working with Thought Catalog. Anyhow lunch time came around and they were eating something that looked like a burrito made with Pita bread. At the time, they had spent some time in Guam. 15 Edward A. Carter, Jr. – Followed His Indomitable Spirit Born in 1916, in California, Carter’s father was an African-American missionary, and his … An old man and a young man meet on a battlefield. It was just like high school but we had to wear uniforms. Twenty-two officers fall before Sergeant Hornus takes over the job. I know he fought in Normandy on D-Day, but I am not sure if that’s when this occurred. Short Stories About War or the Military. He wakes up to an unusual sight. By the last few weeks we were all sick of having to carry his weight around. By subscribing, you agree to the terms of our Privacy Statement. In the middle of his briefing, our guy let rip one of the biggest farts I’ve heard. I was stationed in Korea. Another scary and creepy one with a nice twist. MY EYE! An international anthology of World War I short fiction. A few months into our tour my friend gets two weeks leave, he was assigned as the gunner on my Lt’s Humvee. Passengers on a train carriage argue over who feels the most grief over their sons lost in WW I. One day on the way home from school he sees his friend Ali. Favourite Line: ‘ I was myself last night, but I fell asleep on the mountain, and they’ve changed my gun, and everything’s changed, and I’m changed, and I can’t tell what’s my name, or who I am!’ Muriel speaks on the phone with her mother about her husband, Seymour, who has returned from the war. Finally he returned to the gate where Ugondan guards discovered him in his PT shorts… and without his kevlar on. Another Marine wake-boarding along a retention pond while being towed by a truck driving along the edge. I will try to add more stories about war that could be helpful for teaching reading and reading comprehension to middle or high school students. Learn about us. They watch their target site until dark. MP’s drove by and didn’t see him until he shouted, “HEY MP’S…. Pretty badass I think. In an English cottage, an old woman lies in bed. War Story- Personal Narrative Finally we got a well deserved break from what seemed like our endless marching. Meanwhile, Seymour is on the beach, where he meets a young girl and tells her about the bananafish. He just kept on translating. Nick Adams was wounded in battle and is shell-shocked. Subsequent to a warning that all Marines must wear flak and kevlar when outdoors, one Marine strode around the barracks wearing nothing but said flak and kevlar. IT BURNS!” Classic Okinawa. One issue I’m having is the rankings themselves. He expounds on the differences between the new and experienced soldiers. They keep their flag flying despite the advance of the Prussian force. There are so many great short stories that I was unable to trim the list to 100 titles; so here are 160 Great Short Stories for you to enjoy. Dad asked them what it was and they told him some Arabic name that he did not know. That weekend a hurricane hit the coast of North Carolina, and as a result Camp Lejeune was shut down. Grogram is devoted to duty and honor, and makes it his aim to turn them into a respectable unit. Below, we have provided an ever-expanding selection of old and new short stories that are free to download. It’s dirty, has revolutionary-type items and has a hippie-vibe. Munro (SAKI), Virginia … About a mile away, an opposing army waits. The narrator furnishes the reader with some facts about the war-dead. A lot of very drunk Marines proceeded to skin it in someones shower and run around with different body parts and rubbing blood on our faces like some kind of drunken sacrifice. Short Stories to enjoy when you have 5 minutes to spare, sorted by category so you can find what suits your mood. I lived on the back side of the barracks on the second floor and I had my window wide open. One of the funniest things I have seen was at basic training last year. Can’t get enough of those creepypasta stories! These very short stories are perfect for high school or middle school students, or anyone who loves reading. An Israeli soldier’s unit has been called into action. In 2003 I was in a bunker in Iraq. This short story is a classic and you won’t want to miss it. A young girl is attending Catholic school her first year in the United States. Friend of mine left his group and passed out in the middle of the highway between the main gate and the “ville” and was found after curfew with a BAC of over 0.3, I still have no idea how he didn’t get run over. Now remember, this was before we knew the chemical weapons was just a bunch of BS. YOU CUM IN MY EYE!” and she peels out of the room running down the hall with her hand over her eye yelling “It burns! Read “Yesterday was Beautiful” (PDF Pg 169). I joined to get away from all the drugs I was surrounded by and once I was in I was surrounded by more, and better drugs. WW II is over. Anyways one of the guys went nuts during his boot I guess, he was waiting on his discharge. Being a Combat engineer, I have some experience with demo and landmines so I picked up a anti personnel mine that had the fuse removed and waited by the entrance for my friend to approach. Stories about War at the world's best story site. He’s able to recreate the main action of the battle. Being in a situation where you almost died, are worried there might be another attack, and may have to shoot someone is rough. How to Tell a True War Story | Tim O’Brien. From classics published in the 1900s to a short story that exploded in late 2017, here are ten of the greatest free short stories for you to read. Now it was the odd time of the year when it wasn’t hot enough to have the AC unit in the barracks turned on so you needed to open up a window to get some air circulation in your room. Anyways, I was sitting by the door in our OPs tent when some white dust came in over the flap. Remember those are completely closed, the only way to breath is through the filter. this is not a true story but the instances of veterans living on the streets and nevr being able to continue a productive life are numerous in number. Dedicated to your stories and ideas. Long story short, dude climbs up on top of the barracks. Saleh was captured by the Iranians and held for seventeen years. Hold over is for people who were drop outs, or recycled soldiers who got hurt, or had to wait for another class for some reason. Oh and I also took a nap on a bed of these disarmed land mines. He tells his son, Rodney, tall tales of Big Bertha, a huge strip-mining machine. A fourteen-year-old boy is awakened by a sound at midnight. First one to fall of or leave the top to take a piss pays for all of the beer. War is a tough thing to comprehend. “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl Click a button to find the best short stories from the authors below. Always gives me the goosebumps whenever I think of it. Blood Trail. The gas alarm spread far and wide and soon I think I had everyone in southern Iraq in gas masks. eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'shortstoryguide_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_5',116,'0','0']));These stories might interest an avid reader, or might be suitable short stories for middle school kids. I’m a female and while I was deployed in Afghanistan, I used to have to go down to the jingle truck yard on our FOB once a week and interview the drivers (for a larger thing I was working on). And we tend to agree with that. Reading about war can be a simple way to help students understand its nuances. I took our terp with us, and we generally were able to get the interviews complete without incident. While the people were driving his unvle woke up screaming the two guys up front literally shit themselves. Long story short, dude climbs up on top of the barracks. Most WTF thing I have ever seen. The soldiers have rifles and shields; he only has his drum and two sticks. Not my story, but a man that is like family to me told this story of his time in Vietnam. User-friendly layout, fully searchable. He views a pair of his girlfriend’s pantyhose as a good-luck charm. Nicholson and Hayes are Army cooks, stationed in Japan after the war. In flashbacks, we see his childhood, his war days and his post-war life. The short story has also been described as a medium that ‘lends itself to the representation of experience fragmented by war’. The beginning of a war is the best time to be at war. Fun times. Our last month of a 15 month tour in Iraq in 2009 a specialist in my unit got drunk one night (yes, alcohol is contraband overseas), hopped into the company commander’s MRAP and straight up drove out the gate of Camp Liberty and drove around Baghdad piss drunk. I decided I wanted to see what satin sheets and a mink blanket would feel like on my skin so I get a running start and jump on my bed. North Light: A Recollection in the Present Tense | Mark Helprin. Read “No Trace” (Ctrl + F the title, or pg 133). My Great Uncle digs his. It is a sweltering day in Vietnam during the war after many of the troops have been withdrawn. Mrs. Wang is more concerned with the river; it is higher than it’s ever been at this time of year. 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