According to an article from the Star Press, the idea of a librarian with a gun is strange and beguiling. Don't tell that to Leon Jones. Mr. Jones, former director of the Muncie Public Library, recalled his time as a soldier in World War II.
Now why in the hell is the idea of a librarian as a soldier strange? Is this sexist, stating that all librarians are female and all soldiers are male? Is this some sort of class issue, as in "librarians are sissies who would shoot their books off?" Am I asking these questions because this seemed like something good to talk about, then realized it's not about the profession, but about Leon Jones? Damn reporters, distracting me with their jive.
Thank you, Leon Jones, for your service to our country as a soldier and to your community as a librarian.
The article is filled with interesting stories, including a memorable time when Jones's recovering alcoholic commander commandeered wine from German soldiers and shot them. The wine bottles, that is.