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“He was always nailing guys and loving it,” Dayley said.

Dayley and some other staff officers got Mahon’s wife, Bitsy, to serve as an accomplice and they burst in on the colonel when he was taking a shower, because that was the only time they knew he wouldn’t be carrying his coin, Dayley said.

“He bought drinks for us that night, but he made us pay for the next couple of weeks,” Dayley said with a laugh.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com