Skip to comments.The Freeper Foxhole enjoys a Lazy Sunday...The Charlie Ration Cookbook Sunday Jan 22, 2005
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During the Vietnam war Brig. Gen. Walter S. McIlhenny son of the 2nd company president of McIlhenny Company from his experiences with C-Rations as a soldier during WWII came up with the idea to send soldiers copies of the Charley Ration Cookbook filled with recipes for spicing up C-rations with Tabasco Pepper Sauce wrapped around two-ounce bottles of Tabasco Pepper Sauce along with a handful of a P-38 type can openers all in a waterproof canister. What follows will be a copy of the cookbook.
Brigadier General Walter Stauffer "Tabasco Mac" McIlhenny was born 22 October 1910 in Washington, D.C. He received his education at Force School and Central High School in Washington, D.C., and Lane High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He later attended the University of Virginia, also in Charlottesville. He served two years with the Washington High School Cadets, and four years in the Virginia National Guard, attaining the rank of platoon sergeant.
Honorably discharged from the National Guard on 15 June 1935, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and completed the Platoon Leaders' Class that summer. He was commissioned a Marine Reserve second lieutenant, 3 December 1936, with a rank date of 6 November. During subsequent summer assignments to active duty, he attended the National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, as an instructor and shooting member of the Marine Corps Reserve Rifle Team. He was a member of the 1937 team that won the Hilton Trophy and the A.E.F. Roumanian Trophy; coach of the 1938 team that won the Roumanian Trophy; captain of the 1939 team that won the Rattlesnake Trophy; and winner of the Bronze medal in the National Individual Rifle Match, which entitled him to the Distinguished Marksman Badge.
Prior to reporting for extended active duty in World War II, he was an engineer with the Continental Oil Company until 1940, when he joined the family firm, the McIlhenny Company of Louisiana, makers of Tabasco Sauce.
Called to active duty as a first lieutenant following the outbreak of World War II, General McIlhenny served continuously until December 1945. After completing The Basic School for Marine Corps Officers at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, he was assigned to the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, at New River (later Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, and served with that unit throughout the entire war. In May 1942, he embarked with the 5th Marines for Guadalcanal, where the 1st Marine Division made its initial landing on 7 August 1942 under heavy enemy fire.
For heroism as Executive Officer and later Commanding Officer of Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, during the landing on Guadalcanal and its subsequent capture and defense, he received both the Navy Cross and the Silver Star Medal. He also received two Purple Hearts for wounds received in this campaign, along with the Presidential Unit Citation that was awarded to the 1st Marine Division (Reinforced) for heroism on Guadalcanal.
In December 1943, he again participated in combat against the enemy, this time at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, as the 1st Battalion's Plans and Training Officer. He served subsequently as Regimental Intelligence Officer, and 3d Battalion Commander. In September 1944, during the landing on Peleliu, Palau Islands, he served as Regimental Plans and Training Officer. Again, he received the Presidential Unit Citation as a member of the 1st Marine Division (Reinforced). The unit was awarded the honor for heroic action in the assault and seizure of Peleliu.
On his return to the United States in December 1944, then Major McIlhenny was assigned to Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia, where he completed the Instructor's Orientation Course and served as an instructor in the Rifle Units Section. He also completed the Artillery School at Fort Benning, Georgia, during this assignment. Relieved from active duty 26 December 1945, Major McIlhenny continued his affiliation with the Ready Reserve in his home state of Louisiana. He organized and trained Volunteer Training Unit 8-25 in Lafayette, Louisiana, and commanded that unit until his retirement from the Reserve. On 1 November 1959, he was placed on the retired list of Marine Reserve officers and was advanced to brigadier general by reason of having been specially commended for heroism in combat.
In addition to his Marine Corps service, General McIlhenny was one of the founders of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, a private military college preparatory boarding school for boys in grades 8 through 12 that remains the only school in the world to offer military leadership based on the traditions of the United States Marine Corps. Under his guidance, the Marine Military Academy has grown steadily since 1965. He supported the Academy from its very inception and was one of the original seven co-guarantors of the loan to establish the school. Many major projects were undertaken through his leadership and he is listed as a major contributor to the Academy. For many years, he served as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Academy and was the President Emeritus of the school at the time of his death
However, Brigadier General McIlhenny was perhaps best known as the president of the McIlhenny Tabasco Sauce Company, located in New Inberia, Louisiana. His company's creation of two recipe books under his direction, The Charlie Ration Cookbook and The Unofficial MRE Recipe Booklet, and donation of thousands of bottles of the hot pepper sauce to Marines serving in Vietnam have helped make Tabasco a standard fair for those serving in the field even today.
Brigadier General McIlhenny passed away 22 June 1985 after a brief illness. He had made his home on Avery Island, Louisiana, and was laid to rest there in Grove Cemetery after a simple military service.
Hopefully I haven't botched this up to bad as It has been a while since I have had the chance to psot a Foxhole thread. Only two more weeks left in my "exile" at work and then I should be able to post a Foxhole a little more often
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Regards to all
Sometimes I am told I should be glad I only had to deal with Traypac and MRE's.
Were C-rats as bad as claimed?
I can only speak from a very limited experience with the C-rats and I did not find them all that bad. However I only had to eat them a few time and we were able to heat them up.
Like anything else after about the 20th time, bleech!!!
Not to worry, next Sunday I will try todo the MRE Cookbok
Okay, I don't think I've ever run across C-rats myself.
You drilled a water pipe?
What would we have done without Tabasco sauce? it made 90% of the C-rats edible.
I got to eat C-rats once. On the Confidence Course in Basic.
Better than hitting a live electrical wire. :-)
Must have been a bit of a surprise.
Aye, you could say that.
I forgot to cypher in the Doofus Factor to my time calculations today.
What's the Doofus Factor,you say? It's akin the 4th cousin thrice removed of Murphy's Correllary to Physics.
For any given task, you increse the time coefficient by 2X, and increment the time units to the next step. For example, a task extimated to take 1 hour will actually take 2 days.
I still haven't gotten the pipe fixed, so the 1 hour task of creating a storage solution for my ladder will actually take two days to complete.
Sounds like what happened the last time I changed my oil.
Stub fitting came off WITH the oil filter.
And then refused to go back on.
Beef-n-boulders was the staple. The ham sucked BIGTIME. The meatballs looked and tasted like Alpo unless you could heat it up then it wasnt too bad. Hopefully you had someone close by that had different tastes than you and could do some trading to get what you wanted. Sometimes you were just too damn hungry and it didnt matter.
I didnt see them listed but sometimes there were peaches, pears and apricots in cans too. God help you if you had a can of apricots on my tank. Talk about bad luck!
MREs are a quantum leap from c-rats
Meat Choices (in larger cans):
Beans and Wieners
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Beefsteak, Potatoes and Gravy
Ham and Lima Beans
Meatballs and Beans
Cheese Spread, Processed
Sugar Creamer, Non-dairy
Gum, 2 Chicklets
The apricots were that bad?
Alternate use as weaponry, much like the so called Traypac scrambled eggs?
The only good the apricots ever did was to use as barter to the German kids who would raid their dads fridge for a few bottles of beer.
Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
Russian whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island established the first settlement in Alaska in 1784.
In 1867 United States Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7,200,000, or two cents per acre, for Alaska.
On October 18, 1867 Alaska officially became the property of the United States. Many Americans called the purchase "Seward's Folly."
Joe Juneau's 1880 discovery of gold ushered in the gold rush era.
In 1943 Japan invaded the Aleutian Islands, which started the One Thousand Mile War, the first battle fought on American soil since the Civil War.
Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
Alaska's most important revenue source is the oil and natural gas industry.
Alaska accounts for 25% of the oil produced in the United States.
The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.
Prudhoe Bay, on the northern Alaskan coast, is North America's largest oil field.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline moves up to 88,000 barrels of oil per hour on its 800 mile journey to Valdez.
The fishing and seafood industry is the state's largest private industry employer.
Most of America's salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.
The term Alaska native refers to Alaska's original inhabitants including Aleut, Eskimo and Indian groups.
The wild forget-me-not is the official state flower. The Territorial Legislature adopted it in 1917.
The willow ptarmigan is the official state bird. The Territorial Legislature adopted it in 1955.
The Sitka spruce is the official state tree. The Territorial Legislature adopted it in 1962.
Dog mushing is the official state sport. The Alaska Legislature adopted it in 1972.
An unnamed draftsman created the state seal in 1910. It consists of a rising sun shining on forests, lake, fishing and shipping boats, and agricultural and mining activities.
The state motto is North to the Future.
The jade is the official state gemstone.
Gold is the official state mineral. It was named the state mineral in 1968.
The four-spot skimmer dragonfly is the official state insect.
In 1926 13-year-old Bennie Benson from Cognac, Alaska designed the state flag.
Alaska has been called America's Last Frontier.
Every four years Alaskans elect a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor to four-year terms.
The Alaska State Legislature is made up of a Senate and a House of Representatives.
Twenty senators are elected to four-year terms; forty representatives serve two-year terms.
Alaska's Constitution was adopted in 1956 and became effective in 1959 making it the 49th state.
Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
The Alaska Highway was originally built as a military supply road during World War II.
The state boasts the lowest population density in the nation.
The discovery of gold in the Yukon began a gold rush in 1898. Later gold was discovered at Nome and Fairbanks.
Alaska is a geographical marvel. When a scale map of Alaska is superimposed on a map of the 48 lower states, Alaska extends from coast to coast.
The state's coastline extends over 6,600 miles.
Alaska is the United State's largest state and is over twice the size of Texas. Measuring from north to south the state is approximately 1,400 miles long and measuring from east to west it is 2,700 miles wide.
Agattu, Attu, and Kiska are the only parts of North America occupied by Japanese troops during World War II.
Oil is the state's most valuable natural resource. The area includes what is thought to be the largest oil field in North America.
In 1986 Mount Augustine erupted near Anchorage.
Alaska's geographic center is 60 miles northwest of Mount McKinley.
The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States.
17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.
At 20,320 feet above sea level, Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska's interior, is the highest point in North America.
Juneau is the only capital city in the United States accessible only by boat or plane.
The state's largest city is Anchorage; the second largest is Fairbanks.
The Alaska Range is the largest mountain chain in the state. It covers from the Alaska Peninsula to the Yukon Territory.
In 1915 the record high temperature in Alaska was 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Fort Yukon; the record low temperature was -80 degrees Fahrenheit at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.
The Alaskan malamute sled dog is strong and heavily coated. It was developed as a breed by a group of Eskimos named the Malemiuts.
Alaska's name is based on the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning great lands or peninsula.
Ah, alternate 'money' item.
Sounds interesting actually.
And, congratulations Ms. Oklahoma on being crowned Miss America.
Makes my mouth water. Thank God for Avery Island!
Good Mornning to you E.G.C. I thought of y'all a bit when I saw that Miss Oklahoma had won last night.
Have ya gotten any rain lately? I had to wash a lot of red dust of my cars a weekend or two back.
Good mornin Mr. Ducklips :-)
Wait till next weekend when I post the MRE Cookbook.
Hopefully we'll get some more as the week flies by.
Good morning Sam, Snippy and every one. It's pouring rain here in Memphis this morning.
|January 22, 2006
In Defense Of Life
The Jews clearly understood that God's commandment not to kill refers to murderthe malicious taking of human life. It doesn't forbid governments to use the death penalty or to wage war. This commandment deals solely with private morality.
Exodus 20:13 is based on the divine truth that human life is sacred and that we must protect and preserve it. Every human being bears God's image. Even an embryo is marked with a unique identity from the moment of conception. Life is God's most precious gift, and only He has the right to take it. Abortion, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide must all be viewed in the light of God's right to our life.
Jesus brought this commandment to everyone's doorstep when He said that to be angry at someone without cause makes us guilty of murder (Matthew 5:21-22). And John wrote, "Whoever hates his brother is a murderer" (1 John 3:15). This makes us all murderers in desperate need of God's forgiveness and mercy.
Thank You, Lord, for Your love and forgiveness. Help us by Your Holy Spirit to love others as You have loved us, and in so doing to value life, protect life, and enrich life as a gift from You. Dennis De Haan
Anger is just one letter short of danger.
Good Morning to you Mayor, I hope that you have enought work to keep you busy :-)
Good mornin Miss GailA, I wish we had a little bit of that rain here in Kansas City :-)
Are you still doin the MickeyD gig?
Eggs and Ham were the worst of all C-rats, Dr Suess even wrote a book about them.
You age or wheather or not you were "Olde Corps" is based upon what you remember being in C-Rats.
For instance, as I remember included in every C-rats box/ was a small pack of cigarettes; Lucky Strikes.
Wow, that adds some perspective.
Nope, you didn't botch this up.
I haven't been to busy but steady.. I could always use more.
Small jobs just don't pay enough..
Couple big jobs coming in the spring.
Off to Church.
Thanks for checking me out
I just hope I got all the anouncements in right :-)
This is great stuff.
I've never read the cookbook until this morning, it's hilarious. How wonderful of McIlhenny to do this for the troops in Vietnam. Christopher Blake's comments and recipes are great and Rhoads' drawings as well. What a great sense of humor these old GI's had.
Thank you for today's thread.
Good morning PE. I bet I know what you're doing today. ;-)
Pouring rain, lol. It's been doing that for a month here!
I am loving the history you are posting with the graphics. Thank You.
Great Flag-o-gram. Love it.
Awesom picture of lupines!
Hi miss Feather
Did ya get the leak fixed which was caused by the probing ladder??
Not yet. Dad gum line has a pin hole leak, and filled with water again, so I can't solder it properly.
May have to go with plan B. Auto water heater hose for a coupling.