BOOT CAMP MESS HALL

By: George Williams

WHILE AT THE RIFLE RANGE (CAMP MATHEW), I WAS HAND PICKED FOR MESS DUTY…
THE 2ND DAY ON DUTY I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE TRAYS CONVEYER WASH…SOME OF US DECIDED TO SKIP THE SECOND HOT WATER SOAK AND INSTED GO OUTSIDE FOR A BREAK…
DAMN NEAR THE WHOLE PLATOON CAME UP WITH THE DT’S… NOT ENOUGH HEADS TO GO AROUND SO SOME HADE TO IMPROVISE…WE KEPT QUIET ABOUT THAT BUT THE DI KNEW..
WHO WAS AT FAULT….BOY WERE THEY PISSED….(WILLY 258).

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15 comments


  • Reinhold Woykowski

    Wow, I got KP for two months. They first told me one month but on my last day of KP the SGT stuck his head into the little window where I was washing dishes, pots and pans and said they don’t have anyone to replace me so another month of hot hell fun. USMC 1972-1974


  • Harry 1371

    Mess Duty in the Scullery, what fun. The only thing about working the Scullery was being able to shout at the new recruits coming through the line Harry


  • ‘Stoney’ Brook

    What’s all this “In the Old Corps” stuff? My granddad joined the Corps in 1909 and transferred to the Army in 1913. Went to Europe for WWI, then was in the cavalry chasing Pancho Villa. Retired as a MSGT from the Army Air Corps in 1939.

    As he was quick to point out, “In the Old Corps, we didn’t have no mess halls. We hunted down critters and ate ’em raw.”


  • Bob 1381

    Ron,
    I wondered if I was the only one that thought that about Geiger’s mess hall. I was there March/April 1966..Nam 1966/1967. Maybe they figured that if we could live on PB & J we could live on anything. What they didn’t know is that us southern boys were raised on PB & J sandwiches. And now and then I still have a hankering for a good old PB & J sandwich…….Bob 1381 (Shore Party)


  • Chuck Reardon

    Hey Bob 1381:
    I agree 125% with you on the “MESS’ halls at P.I., Camp Geiger was November – December 1964, 65 – 66 in Nam, Back to Camp Lejeune, then Sea Duty School, then the USS Essex, then Barracks at Quonset Point in Rhode Island. All had good chow (( Nam was OK ). I’d say all of us survived on the PB & J sandwiches. Have wondered to this day if that was part of the training ??? But to this day I still like
    PB & J sandwiches, figure that one out.
    Chuck Reardon
    Sgt. 1341/45, and as needed.


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