Charms

Charms

Does anyone really know why we weren’t aloud to eat the charms from what seemed like decades old MRE’s in boot camp? I vividly remember a night in boot camp on Camp Pendleton. We had just given our nightly report and were in our shelter halves. My good friend and I started enjoying our evening ritual of crCking open a few pieces of charms candy when to our surprise the shelter half was ripped open by the meanest drill instructor to roam the earth. We got yelled at for about 15 minutes straight then he left. We innocently thought that was the end of it but as soon as day-light cracked over the mountains the whole platoon was marching up and down Mt. Mother until we couldn’t stand. I didn’t eat another charm in boot camp and had real reservation when I got to the fleet.
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  • Ron Morse, USMC 69-75

    The Marine Corps Newsletter for the Jeb Seagle detachment #1265 in Lincolnton, NC had an article about this. It explained that the Lucky Charms marshmallows are considered bad mojo. The lemon leads to a vehicle breakdown, lime means that rain is coming and raspberry means imminent death. My wife is the editor for the Scuttlebutt, she does amazing research in an attempt to provide our Marines with Intel that is new & interesting to them. This little tidbit is from the war in Iraq, not Nam…the charms were in MRE’s, not C-rats.


  • Ron Morse, USMC 69-75

    The Marine Corps Newsletter for the Jeb Seagle detachment #1265 in Lincolnton, NC had an article about this. It explained that the Lucky Charms marshmallows are considered bad mojo. The lemon leads to a vehicle breakdown, lime means that rain is coming and raspberry means imminent death. My wife is the editor for the Scuttlebutt, she does amazing research in an attempt to provide our Marines with Intel that is new & interesting to them.


  • G Bradshaw, Cpl E-4, ’61 – ’65

    While stationed in Cubic Point NAS, Subic Bay in the Philippines in 1963 we spent time out in the field. All we ate in the field was C-rations…….I was amazed that the date on the side of the case all the meal boxes came in was the same year that I was born “1943” (at the time I was 20 yrs. old). The only candy type thing I recall was a hockey puck looking piece of chocolate (it was pretty hard & did not melt in the 105 degree days). The biscuits/crackers & date bread thing kind of all tasted very similar. Besides the caned fruit I think the best meals were cans of beans & franks, spaghetti & meats balls. I believe it was the beet steak & potatoes they told us not to eat…. just to throw them away. And we had little 4 pack of smokes w/ each meal. I still have my P-38 in my old foot locker. Thinking the above story is total BS!! Semper Fi Marines!


  • Sgt. Robert L Sisson

    In reply to Sgt Robert L Sisson.
    Harry thanks for asking. If I ever do get anything I will let you know when I see you on this web site. Take care SEMPER FI


  • Harry

    In reply to Sgt Robert L Sisson.
    SEMPER FI SGT! and GOOD LUCK! Harry


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