Jim: This is a true story about the Chow Line and the General. Late in 1942 when the 12th Air Force Command was at Maison Blanche, the entire airfield was on British Field Rations and only two meals a day were served. The base orders were, everyone got into the chow line regardless of rank, with only the combat crews going to the front of the line.
It seems that one day Brigadier General Jimmy Doolittle was in the chow line when a newly arrived non-combatant 2nd Lieutenant started to saunter up toward the front of the line. Doolittle gave a loud whistle and hollered "Hey Lieutenant, the line starts back there"The Lieutenant not seeing the star on Jimmy's shoulder, blustered up toward him and all of a sudden you could see the wind deflating his ego when he saw the stars.He meekly said, "Yes Sir" and moved to the rear