072720_Exchange_History_ElephantFEATURE

The Exchange at 125: A Pachyderm at the PX

During World War II a 2,600-pound electric refrigerator was moved into a PX in India with the help of some Soldiers and an elephant named Karunavathi.

Did an elephant once work at a post exchange? Well, yes.

And he got paid in bananas and bread.

In 1944, the PX officer of the Southeast Asia Command headquarters during World War II moved a 2,600-pound electric refrigerator into a PX in India with the help of some Soldiers and an elephant named Karunavathi.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Felicia Butler on August 1, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Cool we had ab elephant working for the Exchange. Amazing how we have come so far over the years. I have got the pleasure to see the changes over the years as a customer and as an employee.

    • Loyd Brumfield on August 3, 2020 at 8:10 am

      It is really amazing, isn’t it? And it must be really special to see how things have changed here from both perspectives. Thanks for your comment!

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