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The Battle Of Bunk Bed Ridge

Updated on August 20, 2013
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.


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cover art by Paul Brand
cover art by Paul Brand | Source
my dad and I in the Summer of 2010, taking a break from playing with army men.
my dad and I in the Summer of 2010, taking a break from playing with army men. | Source

The Battle for Bunk Bed Ridge

First published in The Rusty Nail

The little green men were made of plastic

and fashioned like heroes

from world war two.

Some held bazookas. Others: mortars.

Machine guns. Pistols. Mine sweepers.

Others gripped grenades,

Arms cocked in constant readiness.

Some drove tanks. Others crawled

through imaginary mud.

They stood on feet, or crouched with knees, molded

to plastic stands. Some took shelter

behind sandbags. The bravest stood,

ready to advance.

The medics were safe.

One unit commanded by father

the other

by me, facing off in my room.

My territory stretched

from the wooden blue toy box

his from the lower bunk,

the one my brother slept in,

and we both met in the center.

Common kitchen knives were used

to determine the lengths

of troop movements and the radius

of shots.

One bazooka shot could take out twenty men,

if you were accurate.

It was a winner- take- all battle.

To the last man standing:

the undeclared spoils of victory.

Usually, a bowl of ice cream.

Father always paid.

My army took heavy causalities, yet advanced

towards Bunk Bed Ridge,

steadily, winning the battle—a sniper the lone obstacle

to victory.

The seven year old would triumph over

the old man.

We continued advancing, up

Bunk Bed Ridge and took out the sniper.

Victory was mine!

And then, the trap

the hidden tank, escorted

by half a dozen infantrymen.

Doomed. The Allies would fall!

As dad commanded his battalion to advance

on my surrounded men,

I said “shit”

for the first time.

all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price, December 30th, 2011.

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    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Avian, I think it's a right of passage for little boys. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Gosh, I remember those days with friends. I may have had the very same green men...

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks. Alastar. They are quite the memory for me. We used to play for hours and hours.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Matthew... I'm pleased you enjoyed the book. Thanks for spreading the word!

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      You got me with the army soldiers, son. appreciate the memory. You've said it well for a whole generation of youngsters and those wonderful plastic pieces.

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      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I first found this Piece in an E-Book on Amazon. I bought it, I read it and I wish to share this Collection of Fine Modern Poetry. You are quite the poet and essayist, JWP. And Video Producer. And so Much More...Up and Always PDX!


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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      weestro, thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Bunk bed ridge, I love it...this is a great, fun read! Voted up and awsome!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks, Audrey. I'm pleased you enjoyed this. I'll be sure to check out your hub and link it here as well!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      An excellent poem which brings back memories that I treasure. I'm voting up and awesome and linking to my latest poem "Aquaint yourself with the master of fear."

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Tyra. I appreciate the encouragement!

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      tyra marieza 

      6 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

      I did chuckle because I remember this game. I think your poetry book will be great :)

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      dmop, Thank you for the kind words. I'm sorry that you don't have a similar memory to share. The older I get, the more I realize how fortunate I am to have a father who was (and is) there. You be there for your kids and I'm sure they're write some nice tributes for you!

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      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      This was awesome, I wish I had just one memory similar to this of my Dad. I guess that's why I cherish my children so much. You have certainly got a way of using words so they affect others. Voted up and everything.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks ts. I appreciate that very much!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Nice. The pic tells a story, story tells a picture. Well done!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      cogerson, i'm glad you said that because that's the exact type of situation it felt like. What child doesn't remember the first time they swore in front of their parents?

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      Excellent I liked reading The Battle of Bunk Bed Ridge....and I loved the reminded me of Ralphie in the Christmas classic...A Christmas Story when Ralphie drops the F-bomb on his dad. Voted up and very interesting.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      april i'm glad this made you laugh. actually, my dad got in trouble because my mom assumed I heard that word from him. I got off scott free :-)

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      April Reynolds 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      This made me laugh and brought back memories of my brother's army battles in the living room. Did you get in trouble for the slip of tongue or did it make your dad laugh to hard to speak? Good luck on you book!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Till, i never did like the multi colored army men, though I did have multi colored cowboys and indians. It is funny the things kids do.

      admiral, I never fought my brothers over army men. I was really the only one that liked them, though we did fight over ninja turtles.

      Susan, I'm glad this brought back some fond memories and thanks for the congrats. I'll be letting you and my fellow hub hoppers know when it's complete :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your poem brings back memories of watching my cousin play with his army men. I wasn't allowed to touch them :(. Enjoyed your poem and that is great news about you publishing a poetry book.

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      6 years ago from Philippines

      This brings back old memories, We got the same kind of action figures when we were kids. We use to play wars with them, me and my brother. When once, pieces of them gone missing, a real war exploded between us, blaming who lost some of the pieces. Kid fights, of course it didn't last for long and we are okay again. Great job of sharing this pdxkaraokeguy. I vote up and interesting.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      What great memories you have! My boys played with their army men day in and day out. They had different colored ones though, one side was brown the other green. Their Dad joined the fray showing them how to do it right ;) Really enjoyed this. Voted up and funny.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      lol, sue. the one upmanship among siblings can be rather amusing! Thanks for reading and commenting! Happy New year!

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      6 years ago

      Hi PDX

      Great childhood memories.

      I remember my sister and I playing with our dolls. If my doll was sick her doll always had to be sicker. lol

      Voted up up and away!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, likewise. I would play with my cousin's barbie dolls. Ken and Barbie would always end up naked and in bed together. Somehow.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was great. I loved it. Boys will be boys. I remember growing up and always being fascinated by these green soldiers but I never asked for any to be bought for me. However if my family ever visited any friends who had sons I would play soldiers with them.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      ha, Jen. Thanks! It was fun. Happy new year!

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      6 years ago

      Way to take the reigns of your destiny PDX! I will definitely be on the look out!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      willstar, my dad is very fun. Blessed to grow up with him

      ruby, love the name jack. I'd imagine he did use that word. it's what army men do.

      happy new year!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Reading this was like watching my Son Jack play with his toy army men..The battles were fierce. I bet he said the poo word too..Ha.. enjoyed...

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What a fun dad, and what a fun poem!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      thank you, mathira. I do have many fond memories of him!

      Just History, thanks! Boys never really grow up. I still watch the muppets :-)

      cheryl, that's great. Brothers often want to kill barbie dolls. it's just fact of life :-)

      Thank you all for reading and commenting. Happy New year!

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Bunk Bed Battle, what a concept. I love this poem. Reminds me of the time my brother would stack his army men against my sister and my Barbie dolls and say he was attacking the loan sharks or something similar. Of course we would ignore him and gather our dolls to take them away. The casualties of war.... :)

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      Just History 

      6 years ago from England

      Good luck with your book! My son is into everything like that and still has mock battles at 14

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      6 years ago from chennai

      Your affection for your father was well brought out and your poem was excellent.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      truckstop Sally, my sister, the youngest of four and only girl, would never torture our toys. she knows better :-)

      thomas, indeed it is. my grandfather was a world war 2 vet. he had some amazing stories. Thanks for the votes!

      Linda, thank you and I'm so leased your husband could relate to this. Oddly, I said that word, and my dad got in trouble, because my dad is the one that took me to see "Platoon".

      Deborah, I'd love to hear more about your father!

      Kids, I always loved my army men, but never more then my prized Optimus Prime. Thanks for sharing :-)

      Racinawa, thanks. me too :-)

      Thanks all for the reads and the comments.

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      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i have a great time reading your poem...and good luck to the publication of your book...

      and i like the camaraderie between you and your dad...

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      6 years ago from Midwest, United States

      Hehe we just bought the boys HUGE buckets of army men from toys r us for Christmas. They love them more then their Transformers- They make little communities and everything - I think it's absolutely hilarious. This was great. Thanks for writing!!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I want to read this to my dad. He is a war hero... He really knows about war.. He would enjoy it.

      Thanks for sharing

      I voted up and awesome


      Happy New Year.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      PDX...I so enjoyed this story! I read it to my hubby who has shared his army men stories to me many, many times. Awesome ending! Great photo! Thumbs up my friend!:)

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      6 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      War IS hell, my friend! ...unless, of course, you are writing about it as you have here!

      The Battle of Bunk Bed Ridge sounds as if it was hard fought and it occurs to me...we all need uor first opportunity to say...shit.

      Excellent Job. I will be Voting all the Ups!


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      Truckstop Sally 

      6 years ago

      This was fun to read. My eldest brother loved to play with army men. . . So of course, I hid them, tortured them . . . whatever I could do to take them out of formation. Ha!


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