Lubbock in Joe SteeleEdit
When Mike Sullivan was accepted into the US Army punishment brigade in 1943, he received basic training in an Army camp outside of Lubbock, Texas. There he learned to keep his uniform neat and tidy, how to march and countermarch, saluting and other military customs along with weapons and fighting. He was surprised but pleased to earn a marksman's badge since he had never fired a gun before. He also learned bayonet fighting from a World War I veteran sergeant and another form of nasty fighting using an entrenchment tool from an English sergeant. Sullivan also learned hand-to-hand fighting barehanded and with a knife. During one exercise, he had his arm slashed, requiring stitches, while blocking a thrust that could have gutted him. Not by accident, he broke the other fellow's nose with his elbow immediately after.
The brigade didn't ship out immediately after training which caused Sullivan to complain to his CO, Captain Luther Magnusson. Captain Magnusson explained Socratically that this was because there wasn't anything yet dangerous enough for the brigade to be used (and used up) for yet. When the brigade did finally board a train to San Diego and points west, they first were granted a short spree in Lubbock.
Lubbock in Southern VictoryEdit
Like the rest of the state, Lubbock was a restive place, frequently a site of violent Confederate-backed uprisings by citizens who did not want to be part of the U.S. In the late 1930s, U.S. General Daniel MacArthur and Colonel Irving Morrell were stationed in Lubbock and actively combatted the rebellious population with no success. Things became more peaceful after the Richmond Agreement returned Houston to the C.S.
In the early 1940s, the Confederate government set up a small prison camp for blacks outside Lubbock. While a real camp, its main purpose was to reassure prisoners being transferred from larger camps such as Camp Dependable that they were going to an actual place. In reality, they would be murdered either by asphyxiation trucks or in poison gas bath houses before their journey began.
Lubbock, along with the rest of Houston, was captured from the Confederate States by US General Abner Dowling in 1943, during the Second Great War. Despite the change of ownership, the Freedom Party remained quite powerful in the city.