Yeah,The first Huey[helicopter] I ever flew had dirt floors ,a linen covered tail boom, and wooden rotor blades! But, not to highjack the thread, the "C" rats came stone jars and leather pouches. Nick
At Ray Barracks in Friedberg, FRG every Sunday they had a brunch at the Officer's Mess. It was all you could eat. I never missed going, except if I was in the field or on patrol. I loved that set-up! Mike
Oh well , I can't top any of your stories. but the best meals I ever had were at Cold Lake CAFB and at Halifax Nova Scotia You actualy had a choice of several different meals. Ft. George in Scotland was a bit different, First time I ever drew a cup of tea with the milk already in it! However the bangers and eggs for breakfast were great. Only one meal where I really couldn't identify what they were serving. And No, it wasn't haggis
Dont remember good meals but I do remember being served canned hamburger, or so we were told, from WWII. Thing looked like hockey puck and was as hard. Could not eat it but we got one each meal for months, along with all the other gourment chow the Navy served
No damn man kills me and lives...Nathan Bedford Forrest
Around 1990 at the SF convention at Ft Bragg, they took us to a mess hall for lunch.
It was like a big modern buffet type deal.
I could not believe the quantity and quality of the chow available.
I don't know why modern GIs weigh less than 300 nlbs eating like that.
During my service, 1966-1970, I never had a single messhall meal I considered palatable.
I shudder remembering it.
In basic, they caught the 1st sgt, Company Commander and mess sgt stealing and selling our chow downtown.
They disappeared. We got more , but not better food after that.
We had a chinese cook at a camp I was at in RVN that put out a good meal.
I can't remember what you would call a good meal but NAAS Whitting Field in 1967-1969 was edible. NAS Lakehurst wasn't fit to slop the hogs with in 1967. I lost 35lbs in the 5 months while I was there. Cubi Point in 69 and 70, once in a great while would fix something edible. There problem there was they stuffed every thing with rice. I still hate rice. Those rabbits they sent us from El Centro was the pits. I guess no matter were you were it wasn't like mom's cooking.
Worst: Midrats on a destroyer Officer or enlisted - stale bread, sliced horsecoxx and bug juce. warmed over coffee.
Best: Invited to the Italian NCO club in Brendisi Italy - Linen, seafood pasta, light wine, and all about fifty cents.
Second Best:Invited to the Spanish Officer's Club - Barcelona, Spain. It had seen the officers of the Spanish Armada depart. Marble tile, personal orderly the entire time (I had enough Spanish to get by and didn"t need it) great meal with wine and cigars (Latter regretfully declined) in a magnificant game room. Them furriners know how to live!!
Given the opportunity i tried to meet my counterparts inport. Usually a very gratifying experneince.
Contempt of congress, 350 million co-defendents
I remember one cold afternoon in late 1961 in the field at Ft. Riley. We were given creamed corn, roasted chicken, and milk. The corn and the milk froze before I found a place where I could stomp the snow flat to sit down and eat. Not the favorite memory of my military career.