Reveille & Assembly
The Daily routine started with Reveille at 0600 hrs. We didn't have a Bugler in the crowd. He was improvised with a record player and several 78 rpm records (albums) that loudly blared Bugle Calls through a P.A. system that could blow you out of the Sack. (Bunks in the military are referred to as a Sack That was Short for Fart Sack ). 200 men made a mad dash to the latrine to Wash shower Shave or whatever. Then form a line single file in front of the Mess Hall. The procession proceeded past the serving tables. The breakfast was ladled out into your Mess Kit .And Coffee was dispensed into the Aluminum cup that was part of the kit. 2 -55 gal drums were positioned outside the door of the Mess hall . One was filled with Hot Soapy Water and one was filled with Rinse Water. Mess Kits were swished around in each of the drums to give them the ONCE OVER LIGHTLY. Most of us used a handful of sand as pumice to finish the sanitizing process. Then a 2nd rinse to remove the sand. The food was excellent in my opinion. Far better and more nourishing than most of the young men were used to at the home they left. A huge Sign hung in the Mess Hall that read "TAKE ALL YOU WANT BUT EAT ALL YOU TAKE"
The Mess Sergeant Had a recipe for making Pineapple Fritters that would melt in your mouth. They were actually Deep-fried Doughnuts with crushed pineapple in them. 58 years later- I can still close my eyes and taste those PINEAPPLE FRITTERS.
ASSEMBLY was sounded at 0700 and we all "fellout" in front of our barracks for the daily work details.
- Sincerely Ed Braun
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