Kelly and the mule skinners kept the front lines supplied
By JAMIE PATTERSON
As gunshots and mortar surrounded many soldiers during combat, sometimes the most welcoming sight was a tall man on the back of a mule.
Carrying everything from C-rations to ammunition, groups of mules were used to bring material to many soldiers on the front lines.
As odd as it may seem today, mule skinners were a vital part of World War II in certain theaters. And at six feet tall, Harold Kelly was the perfect man to do it.
“Yeah, I was a mule skinner,” Kelly said, with a slight grin. “You had to be six feet tall or better to do it because you had to load so many things on the mule.” -------for the rest of the story see The Yazoo Herald printed edition or subscribe to the Digital Edition.----------