Melinda, my memory, of course, is fading, however, I vaguely recall a few incidents. Once in the Mediterranean, probably the latter part of 1944, we were on what was called a "shuttle run". That is, we alternated sailing from ports to to other ports carrying troops, supplies, weapons and ammunition. This lasted for about 3 or 4 months before sailing for the USA. During that time we ran quite low on food and the cook made mutton stew with a GREEN curry, time after time after time!!
Needless to say some of the crew began turning as green as the curry! It really wasn't very good.
Another time we were given "D-ration bars" to slowly munch on whenever we pleased. As I recall the were solid dark chocolate, VERY hard, 3/4
inch thick and I think were 600 calories each.
Yet another time, we pulled into New York harbor on December 18, 1945 and some of the crew got leave/liberty and I was among those who did not. (We had arrived directly from the Pacific where we had been for many months and had endured a VERY cold, snowy, rough trip up the East coast from the Panama Canal. Man, it was COLD! I wore ALL my foul weather gear, including face mask and STILL WAS COLD)!!!
I did get liberty but couldn't make it home to
Indiana. On Christmas Day, because of almost NO food aboard, I ate 27 boiled eggs, a lot of toast, peanut butter, grape jelly, and LOTS of COFFE. Merry Christmas!!
The more questions people ask and the more stories told...the more I REMEMBER!!! Thanks to all for the mental exercises!