Food shortages at sea
Posted by Roy Brown on January 7, 2008, 3:08 pm
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!