Lunch in The Field for the Crew

Company 1471, CCC P-63-Tenn., Clarksville Tennessee

Hobart Parish is on the Right, Standing

This picture I took probably in 1934 or 1935. I don't have many pictures left. Notice the mess kits in the hands of the boys. The knife, fork and spoon were carried inside the kit. We had a canteen for water and a canteen cup, with a folding handle. Wish I had kept some of the utensils as they were World War I Stuff. Don't think there are any around except in museums.

Chow was delivered by Army truck to each of the work crews. Chow was in cans similar to 10 gallon milk cans. One of the Leaders or Assistant Leaders supervised the distribution to that the first through the line would not get more than their share and leave the end of the line without. Usually some was left and those with a big appetite could come through the line again.

Crews were usually 20 to 25 boys, sometimes a few more. At the main camp there were usually 6 to 8 crews. At the side camps 1 to 2 crews. Crews were served hot lunches like meat and two or three vegetables, sometimes stew or soup.

Survey Crews usually carried their own lunch. This would be sandwiches, sometimes fruit and sometimes something sweet, like jelly sandwiches. The regular sandwiches were usually cheese, baloney, bacon, sausage or whatever.

We were usually fed well. But sometimes near the end of the month food might be scarce or not as plentiful for some items. Generally the mess sergeant did a pretty good job of keeping the boys fed. Of course the Camp Commander had a hand in the food purchasing and distribution. The Commander or Second in Command could make a big difference. I understand that a previous commander did not manage the food supply properly and they almost had a riot. He called for help from the National Guard and they came to camp on horses. But the boys held their ground and there was later an investigation by the Inspector General, It was found that the commander might be holding out on money for the food budget. This was before I came to camp.

Hobart Parish

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