The rope will be of manila hemp, at least 3/4, inch and not more than 1% inches in diameter and approximately 30 feet in length. The rope will be boiled and then stretched while drying to eliminate any spring, stiffness, or tendency to coil. The hangman’s knot will be used in the preparation of the noose. That portion of the noose which slides through the knot will be treated with wax, soap, or grease to insure a smooth sliding action through the knot. The noose will be placed snugly around the prisoner’s neck in such a manner that the hangman’s knot is directly behind his left ear.
(Department of the Army. Procedure for Military Executions, December 1947, p. 15)
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler