John just inspired another 'tale' by mentioning San Fransisco, when I was in the Army I shipped over to the Philippines from San Francisco.
We were all mustered out in the receiving area about 2,000 men. The senior NCO in charge of handing all of us was up on a platform and the first name he called was, "Sergeant Hinds"! Mercy!
He called off a few more Sergeants names and then divided the whole group into units of about 100. Then he gave us instructions to keep these men busy for the rest of the day. It didn't take me long to figure out what to do. I called my group to attention and marched them around the buildings in the area to a spot that was out of sight and told them to disappear. :)