When I was in Korea I was assigned to a Nike D/S unit attached to a battery in central Korea. The place hadn't had an inspection of any kind in years and obviously the folks assigned there liked it that way. We were efficient at our job, very efficient in deed, but McHale's Navy had nothing on us. We were the biggest bunch of Sad Sacks as far as appearance went you could possibly immagine. One of the unwritten rules we had was no accidents. Now we supported three batteries and spent a lot of time on those Korean roads that were really sorry then so of course we had accidents. We were a handy lot and just fixed them ourselves, and none of them were ever reported.
There was an old boy who was on his third consecutive tour. He loved the place, no spit and polish, easy access to good liquor and bad women at popular prices. When I got there the old boy hadn't left the country in two years and he still had almost a year to go on his third tour, hell he had re-upped to stay in Korea. Well one night he got "likkered up" and decided to take an M109 Shop Van for a little ride. For you folks who have never seen one it's a 2 1/2 ton 6x6 M35 truck chassis with an insulated about 8x12 room with eletrical hook ups and power jacks to run electronics tests and repairs in the field. I always though one of those M109s would make the greatest camper on the planet. We never used them as a shop that but it could be done. We just used them to get to the work. They were honkin big sunny guns. Well back to the joy ride. Our hero ran the aforementioned M109 van off a cliff, fortunately not a real high one. When the warrant officer who ran our little outfit found him he was sleeping it off on a blanket by the road. I didn't witness this part but from the veracity of the witnesses and my personal knowledge of the players in the piece I'm sure it was reported accurately. The warrant officer was a huge man, 6'7" tall and over 300 pounds. He yanked the blanket out from under the drunk and sent him rolling down the hill. When he came crawling up the warrant officer drew his .45 and said "if you weren't such a d@mned good technician God help me I'd kill you right now."
We got a 5 ton cargo truck with a wench and made an "informal requisition" of a 5 ton wrecker and winched the truck up the hill. then we towed it back to our place and worked 2 1/2 days, day and night, to fix it. The thing looked better than new when we were done and ran fine. There was one fly in the buttermilk though. The frame was bent and the cab had about a 5 degree list to port. There was another problem too, a personal one, the truck was assigned to me. The drunk hadn't bothered to take his own truck.
Well a couple of weeks later we got word that the unit was going to have it's first inspection in nearly 10 years and as part of it we had to stand by our vehicles. Everyone was worried about the truck and no one could think of an explanation. Telling the truth was out of the question of course since we were all co conspirators. I was basically told to "wing it" if I was asked anything about the truck's condition by the inspecting officer. Well the captain who was doing the actual inspection came by asked me a couple of questions, looked at the truck, looked back at me looked at the truck again and started to say something, stopped himself and went to the next guy. I know he was thinking do I really, really want to ask about this truck.