"The K. P. and the Top Sergeant," by Frank Eisenberg


"The K. P. and the Top Sergeant," by Frank Eisenberg


"The K. P. and the Top Sergeant," is a "fable," by Frank Eisenberg and tells the story of a Private who wants to be put on K. P. duty so that he doesn't forget his mother.


Frank Eisenberg


Upper Midwest Jewish Archives: Archives & Special Collections in the University of Minnesota Archives.
Box 449, File 17.






"The K. P. and the Top Sergeant"

Once there was a Private who said to the Top Sergeant, “Please sir, I would like K. P. for today,” whereupon the Sergeant, being an old army regular who’d seen service on the border with Blackjack Pershing, in France, at Bataan and Tunisia said, “Well, now I’ve seen everything, “ he was so amazed. So he said to the Private, “Why do you want to be on K. P.” and the Private replied “Because, sire, I like to help mamma at home, and I don’t want to forget anything my dear old mamma taught me?”

And the moral of this fable is never let a soldier in your command forget the lessons he learned from his deal old mama.

Submitted by
Frank Eisenberg,
Universal Pictures,
1019 Currie Ave.,
Minneapolis, Minn.

Original Format

8 x 11 sheet of paper.


The K. P. and the Top Sergeant.JPG
Date Added
December 9, 2013
Creative Pieces Written by Frank and Art Eisenberg
Item Type
Frank Eisenberg, “"The K. P. and the Top Sergeant," by Frank Eisenberg,” Discovering the Importance in the Ordinary:, accessed December 8, 2019, https://eisenbergexhibit.omeka.net/items/show/60.