From:  Frank Rogers

   Dated:  July 1, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

Some of the best food I had in Basic training were left over C rations (WW2 & Korea ?) Loved the huge round chocolate . Does anyone have info on contents of today’s C rations, it they are still called that.? I believe cigarettes have been removed; don't know if matches, too. 
Frank


    From:  Dick Ellis

   Dated:  June 30, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

We ate a bunch of C-rats in Saigon....especially during Tet!

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    From:  Chuck Adams

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  WWII C RATS

Didn’t your start out in Transportation Corps, R. Michael…? 
Chuck Adams


    From:  Roy Burnett

   Dated:  July 2, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

Nice reminder.  My arrival in DaNang was July 3,1970 but our welcome did not include weapons fire.  Which was fine with me.

RB

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    From:  Ken Kalish

   Dated:  July 2, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

Dickie, you and I hit the tarmac on the same day! 
Ken

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    From:  Mike Jackson

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  WWII C RATS

I recall a soldier once telling me the story of a young recruit out on an FTX who wanted to warm his corned beef up before consuming the ration.  So, he put the can on the manifold of his jeep (without piercing it with a P38) and the inevitable explosion occurred, blowing corned beef all over the engine.  The jeep smelled like corned beef for over a year. 
MikeJ


    From:  Tim Bodle

   Dated:  July 2, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

While working at the MARS station in Lai Khe we also lived on C-Rats.  Sometimes washed down with whatever beer we could get our hands on at the time.  A 60mm mortar blew a hole in the roof while I was on duty.  Quite loud when only 15 to 20 feet from the impact.  I had the tail fin for a while but since lost it during my many moves.

    From:  Bobbie Keith

   Dated:  July 1, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

What about those K rations -- worked next door to a BEQ that had a restaurant we were allowed to use -- and was able to obtain a large can of dehydrated shrimp - that we soaked in beer -- absolutely delicious - large - and  succulent.  


    From:  Robert Morecook

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube

I would trade for ham and lima beans Loved them then -- and now too! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

Bob M


    From:  Steve Pennington

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  WWII C RATS

The trick of heating your C rats on the manifold was a rite of initiation for our unit. Whenever we got a newbie we would pull the trick on him, and he, in turn, was given the chance to pull it on the next new guy.

Steve


    From:  Jim Anderson

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube

Turkey loaf, one of the better choices.  Assuming you got a choice.


    From:  Jim Anderson

   Dated:  January 14, 2020

Subject: 1966 Vietnam Meal Combat Individual MCI Fried Ham Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube


1966 Vietnam Meal Combat Individual MCI Fried Ham Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube


    From:  John Bagwell

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  1966 Vietnam Meal Combat Individual MCI Fried Ham Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube

Oh, ham and lima beans was the worst.  I do remember after not eating for a couple of days that the apricots were great!

C-Rations and Vietnam Meal, Combat

January & July 2020

    From:  Frank Rogers

   Dated:  January 14, 2020

Subject: 1966 Vietnam Meal Combat Individual MCI Fried Ham Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube

My all time favorite circa 1955 was the huge, thick, all chocolate disk. 
FrankR


    From:  Frank Rogers

   Dated:  July 2, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

Great photo.  Hope Marc has it in his book.

FrankR


    From:  Bobbie Keith

   Dated:  July 1, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

Until I opened the attachment, I envisioned - literally - sea rats - what a surprise - I have a box of MRIs in my garage - for hurricane back up - best wishes to all for a safe and Happy Fourth of July. 
Rolling thunder will be rolling in a Fourth of July parade on Merritt island, Florida - they never stop displaying their patriotism to all.

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    From:  Tim Bodle

   Dated:  July 2, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

At KLIK during the TET Offensive I hardly ever left the station. 
Lived on C-Rats (most of the time) and the meals that were brought to my by charitable units. The 701st guys delivered my dinner with a fork lift now and then. 
if you look carefully you'll see a few cases of Cs just to the right below the Akai tape deck. 
YUMMMMM


    From:  Steve Pennington

   Dated:  January 14, 2020

Subject: 1966 Vietnam Meal Combat Individual MCI Fried Ham Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube

We would take the can of bread, that smelled like vitamin pills, cut it in half, open a can of the green scrambled eggs, melt the cheese from the B-2 unit and make an Egg McMuffin out of it. The cheese had to be hot enough to burn your mouth.

Steve


    From:  Stan Pratt

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  1966 Vietnam Meal Combat Individual MCI Fried Ham Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube

No wonder I could not remember what was with the ham chunks.  I cannot eat lima beans beans now fifty years later. 
Stan


    From:  Dick Ellis

   Dated:  July 2, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

I landed at Long Binh and was bused to a replacement center.  Crudest place I have ever seen...even worse than our Boy Scout camp.  Stayed there and was sent by bus each morning through Saigon to some sort of admin center in Cholon.  Big green bus...screen wire on the windows.....we had our noses pressed against them like kids watching for Santa.  If I recall, Saigon at that time had about 1-million more people than it was designed for.  This went on for about three days...finally, someone came from the broadcast center in an old gray Navy truck, took me back, met everyone and was taken to the KySon.  Next thing I knew it was September, 1968 and General Tam came to #9 and took me to the airport in his big black car!  What a time....

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    From:  Mike Jackson

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  WWII C RATS

Yes, and I kept dodging my men driving duce-and-halves.


    From:  Stan Pratt

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  1966 Vietnam Meal Combat Individual MCI Fried Ham Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube

As I remember something with ham chunks was one of the worst.

Stan


    From:  Dick Ellis

   Dated:  July 2, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

I pulled KP once at the KySon Hotel and that day the sergeant gave me a can of those shrimp and said soak them all day for dinner that night.  I read directions on can and went to it.  They soaked all day but still looked like little pencil erasers.....we would chew them until we got all the shrimp flavor then  spit them out!  My jaws have never been the same....      Happy 4th everyone.......I landed in Vietnam 4-July-1967....they were shelling the end of the runway....so we all yelled....”Happy 4th of July VC!”     

Dickie


    From:  Steve Sevits

   Dated:  January 14, 2020

Subject:  WWII C RATS

On Okinawa, in the early 60s I remember eating WW II c-rats - as I recall the corned beef was great but don't recall what else went with it.  I could  have lived on the corned beef c-rats.  For some reason we had cases of the stuff. 
Steve


    From:  Rick Fredericksen

   Dated:  January 14, 2020

Subject: 1966 Vietnam Meal Combat Individual MCI Fried Ham Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube

Enjoyed watching. Almost, but not quite, made me want a C-rats lunch. A likable guy to serve as guinea pig. I seem to remember the worst draw was scrambled eggs. 
Rick Fredericksen


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    From:  Robert Morecook

   Dated:  January 15, 2020

Subject:  Vintage MRE Review Taste Testing - YouTube

Chocolate disks? I ate those in boy scouts -- because I was in a Fort Ben Harrison troop.  Hated them! They were hard to break up with one's teeth!

Bob M

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    From:  Frank Rogers

   Dated:  July 2, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

Sidelight: 
Thanks Dickie for the memory jog on MREs. 
Could the C in rations and the C symbol for the Navy’s Steward’s Mate rating (now defunct) have been seen as connection to the Moslem religion and another reason for the elimination of C? 
FrankR 
PS:  re the Military base name changes from Confederate Generals..  Grant Park in Atlanta is not named for general U.S. Grant but for a Southerner.  Also, were not the current base sites in the South originally to house occupation Yankee troops during the laughingly-called “Reconstruction”?

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    From:  Dick Ellis

   Dated:  July 1, 2020

Subject:  C-Rats

Frankie... The new C-rats were introduced in 1981 and are called MRE’s.  Meals  Ready To Eat. They contain a chemical in the plastic packaging so when you pour water in it heats up.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meal,_Ready-to-Eat I had the privilege of working at the Pentagon at the time for the Assistant Secretary of Defense who was in charge of logistics so all that came under us and I set up a big meeting with lots of big wigs to come to our conference room and sample them for the first time before they were officially released to the troops in the field.  Hell of a four star “luncheon” if I recall! I am kind of like you brother....I didn’t mind the c-rats that much....and we had some during TET that we’re from the Korean War. 

Dickie