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Big can of tuna no match for Marines
stars&stripes ^ | 08/11/07 | Franklin Fisher

Posted on 08/11/2007 10:15:29 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3

3rd Platoon gobbles up a gift from home

RAWAH, Iraq — One day last month in San Diego, a good-hearted woman whose brother-in-law is a Marine in Iraq had an idea to support the troops downrange.

Her brother-in-law, 1st Lt. Josef H. Wiese, 24, of Steilacoom, Wash., is a platoon commander whose Marines man a patrol base in Rawah, a debris-strewn city in western Anbar province.

Now, what would be a really helpful thing to send to Joe and all those tireless young Marines in the searing Mesopotamian heat?

Tuna. Yes, that would be the thing. Great for snacks, it can be spread on just about anything, and they wouldn’t even have to heat it up. But since there are more than a few Marines there, it would be good to send a big enough amount.

And so it was that the thoughtful woman’s gift made its way through the postal system, across continents, across oceans, and was delivered to Wiese and the Leathernecks of 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

Wiese eyed the gift, with gratitude but also surprise.

“So, my sister-in-law, she went out and bought this whole big family-size can of tuna — not even family size — restaurant size.”

“I was like, ‘Wow, that’s a whole lot of tuna.’”

He realized he now faced a problem in logistics. With this much tuna, how would they keep it fresh once they opened it?

The first step was to stage the tuna, so to speak. Marines being in excellent shape, they managed to raise the can to a perch on the refrigerator.

A day passed. Then two. Days turned into a week.

“I guess it sat up there for about a good two, three weeks, intimidating us,” Wiese said.

Then, at some hour of a 24-hour-day, Lance Cpl. Christopher Martinez finished standing watch.

“I was hungry,” said Martinez, 21, a Squad Automatic Weapon gunner from Corpus Christi, Texas.

“So,” Wiese said, “Lance Cpl. Martinez came to me with this big smile: ‘Let’s eat this.’”

Next problem: “We didn’t have any bowls big enough for this thing,” Wiese said.

Then a solution struck Wiese and Martinez. They could use a big plastic trash bag, and a carton that normally holds numerous Meals, Ready to Eat.

“I used the insides of the box to kind of spread open the plastic bag,” Wiese recalled.

They grabbed a quart bottle of mayonnaise and emptied it in.

In went various seasonings, including a seafood seasoning salt that sells in Wiese’s home state of Washington. A Marine from Louisiana gave them a seasoning familiar in his home region.

“So we finally got this thing mixed up,” Wiese said. “We start popping out hot dog buns because that’s all we had and threw tuna on the hot dog buns.”

Then came the next stroke of genius. If they used the pre-sliced American cheese they had around, they could offer the Marines tuna melts.

Wiese and Martinez fairly exulted in their ingenuity.

“‘Yeah, we just achieved something spectacular. — ‘Hey, you want a tuna melt?’”

Few did.

“We were trying to pawn off all these tuna melts. ‘No thanks. Not hungry yet.’”

But soon, the Marines finished off the tuna melts. Still, “more than half that tuna [was] left inside the plastic bag,” Wiese said.

But as word spread that it was good stuff, “It went away in a day or two,” Wiese said.

“It was pretty good,” said Pfc. Bryan Gregory, 22, of Bagdad, Ariz. “A little odd … but whatever gets the job done.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: carepackages; iraq; marines; supportourtroops; tuna

1 posted on 08/11/2007 10:15:30 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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2 posted on 08/11/2007 10:16:54 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ( “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last.”)
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To: TornadoAlley3
The Marines; improvising, adapting, and overcoming for longer than America has been a country.

Semper Fi.

L

3 posted on 08/11/2007 10:18:00 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to ebola.)
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Say WA? Evergreen State ping

FReepmail sionnsar if you want on or off this ping list.

Ping sionnsar if you see a Washington state related thread.

4 posted on 08/11/2007 10:21:22 AM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: TornadoAlley3

This gave me a real chuckle. Nothing, but NOTHING, stops the Marines. They’ll find a way. BTW, the last Marine quoted is from Baghdad, AZ. I thought that was a typo, and looked it up, and there really IS a Baghdad, AZ. It has lots of golf courses. Perhaps one day Baghdad, Iraq will, too. We pray for the safety of our troops and for the success of their mission.


5 posted on 08/11/2007 10:22:35 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: TornadoAlley3

Now you’ve made me hungry for tuna.


6 posted on 08/11/2007 10:24:57 AM PDT by SolidWood
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To: TornadoAlley3

Tuna. It’s not just for liberals anymore.


7 posted on 08/11/2007 11:01:19 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: SolidWood

A nice tuna sandwich on toast would totally own right about now


8 posted on 08/11/2007 11:04:52 AM PDT by SShultz460
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To: TornadoAlley3

Great story!

For some of the troops I help support, I decided they would probably like something a little different than those dry cheese crackers or stick-on-the-roof-of-your-mouth peanut butter ones (all prepackaged.)

So, I cleaned the store shelf of little cans of ham spread. Then came crackers - every kind you can think of. I just knew they would love it.

Then a friend reminded me - no pork products to the troops. Huh? This is ham! Not pork.

BINGO! I think I hit myself on the head at that point.

Anybody have any ideas what to do with a dining room table full of little cans of ham and boxes of crackers?


9 posted on 08/11/2007 11:16:27 AM PDT by yorkie
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To: Lurker

The Marines: God’s gift to America.


10 posted on 08/11/2007 11:24:55 AM PDT by Levante
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To: TornadoAlley3
Here's a great way to send treats to the troops: www.anysoldier.com.

This way you know what got sent because you did it.  Try it out.

 

11 posted on 08/11/2007 11:37:58 AM PDT by JCG
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To: yorkie

Sell ‘em, eat ‘em or throw a party. The next neighbourhood event sure won’t lack ham and crackers... LOL.


12 posted on 08/11/2007 11:43:55 AM PDT by SolidWood
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To: yorkie

Loved the tuna story!

About your ham, you could donate it to your local food shelf. A lot of people are in need of good, shelf-stable food.


13 posted on 08/11/2007 11:50:32 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: hsalaw
...there really IS a Baghdad, AZ. It has lots of golf courses.

But it doesn't have an "h".

14 posted on 08/11/2007 12:24:19 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: yorkie

Have a theme fund-raiser around the food, and use the proceeds to send something to the troops.


15 posted on 08/11/2007 12:28:15 PM PDT by Bernard (The Fairness Doctrine should be applied to people who follow the rules to come to America legally)
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To: yorkie
Then a friend reminded me - no pork products to the troops.

That ain't right! Bad enough we keep the female troops mostly confined to bases, but cowing to Islamic dietary standards is going way over the line.

16 posted on 08/11/2007 1:28:48 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (The South will rise again...just as soon as we rest up some more. ..any time now...)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Necessity is the mother of invention. Salute!


17 posted on 08/11/2007 1:30:21 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: yorkie

What about some Salmon. Fruit cocktail is always a favorite, they can eat the fruit and drink down the juices.
And dont ever forget PBJ sandwichs, which on the History Channel said that Peanutbutter and Jelly sandwichs was invented durning WW2 for aircrews as a easy snack while flying missons.
God Bless the USMC....


18 posted on 08/11/2007 1:44:32 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( When are we going to draw a line a say"this far and no farther")
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To: yorkie

Anybody have any ideas what to do with a dining room table full of little cans of ham and boxes of crackers?


Your local rescue mission would love to have it.


19 posted on 08/11/2007 2:07:37 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: BlazingArizona

You’re right. I was confused by the fact that on the google page, it showed “Baghdad, AZ, Golf Courses.” But on the city’s home page, it was indeed “Bagdad, A,” originally a copper-mining town. Thanks for the correction.


20 posted on 08/11/2007 2:34:53 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: TornadoAlley3

21 posted on 08/11/2007 4:48:31 PM PDT by UnklGene
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To: TornadoAlley3
“I guess it sat up there for about a good two, three weeks,

I've got all kinds of things to say about that but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt......maybe they were out of town for those two, three weeks.

22 posted on 08/11/2007 4:54:23 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (?)
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To: sionnsar

Thanks for your ping, just my neck of the woods :)


23 posted on 08/12/2007 10:11:00 PM PDT by Libertina (If God asks only for 10%, why should government get more?)
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To: yorkie

I’ve sent prok products and haven’t had any sent back...


24 posted on 08/12/2007 10:18:06 PM PDT by Libertina (If God asks only for 10%, why should government get more?)
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To: Libertina

LOL Pork too ;)


25 posted on 08/12/2007 10:18:28 PM PDT by Libertina (If God asks only for 10%, why should government get more?)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Great Post.
Thanks

http://humor.beecy.net/misc/marines/


26 posted on 08/12/2007 10:33:42 PM PDT by fishhound
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To: TornadoAlley3
Nothing ever defeats the Leathernecks... not even a can of tuna! Go boys, go!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

27 posted on 08/12/2007 10:35:23 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: yorkie

Re-label it “chicken” or “tuna” or whatever comes to mind. The troops will understand and appreciate your need to improvise.


28 posted on 08/13/2007 6:07:56 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: NewRomeTacitus

You realize that Judaism forbade pork before Islam existed, right?


29 posted on 01/27/2008 10:49:22 AM PST by aNYCguy
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To: aNYCguy

Yes I did; and took into consideration God’s list as counteracting poor hygiene standards and humans total lack of understanding bacteria and contamination then.

Hence I say let our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan have all the sterile pork products they can wolf down. If the Muslims and old-school Jews aren’t down with that that’s more barbecue, sausage, bacon, chops and ham for the rest of us.

I suspect suicide bombers are easy to recruit because their cult is determined to torture them with such a poor quality of life. Being compelled to spend so much time with ones butt in the air with all the blood rushing to your head doesn’t help, either.


30 posted on 01/27/2008 3:41:10 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: NewRomeTacitus
if the Muslims and old-school Jews aren’t down with that...

You're funny. If by "old school Jews," you meant to say "Jews who practice Judaism," then we're on the same page.
31 posted on 01/30/2008 4:41:26 PM PST by aNYCguy
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To: aNYCguy

Yes, I respect Jewish folks who follow the mandates far more than those who give it lip service while doing whatever they like. We’ve got a lot of self-hating Jews in Nashville who offend most of the goyem they encounter. If you’re going to go with a religion you need to at least try to abide by it.

That goes for all the Arabs I saw digging sausage pizzas, drinking alcohol and running into brothels while I was stationed in Europe. Those punks live in fear that the Wahabbists might obtain evidence of their partying. Not unlike a certain strategerist sucking up to a corrupt neighboring nation for his actions at a TJ donkey show.


32 posted on 01/30/2008 10:20:28 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: TornadoAlley3
Next time, send 'em...


33 posted on 01/30/2008 10:51:04 PM PST by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. In fact, I'm enjoying every minute of it.)
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