Skip to comments.The Freeper Foxhole enjoys a Lazy Sunday...The Charlie Ration Cookbook Sunday Jan 22, 2005
Posted on 01/21/2006 8:08:51 PM PST by alfa6
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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
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