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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 - May 4, 2020

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 - May 4, 2020

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 - May 4, 2020

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 - May 4, 2020

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 - May 4, 2020

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

Sgt Robert L Sisson - May 4, 2020

In reply to Harry.
Hi Harry. I think they are waiting for me to die off. They said I would have to go to Pittsburgh for a hearing in July. Well July is over today.an still have not heard from them. Good to hear from you. Next week I will be in hospital for my yearly cysto check up to see if I am still cancer free. Wish me luck SEMPER FI

Harry - May 4, 2020

In reply to Sgt. Robert L Sisson.
Hey Sgt.Sisson ! Did you ever get your VA comp claim straightened out (TOXIC WATER@LEJEUNE)? The Marine I was helping with paperwork got 100% (Bladder Cancer) also received secondary service connection for insomnia and depression. Harry

Paul Chacho Jr. SGT. E5 66to69. - May 4, 2020

In reply to Richard Townsend.
Absolutely right. Camp Geiger at LeJeune. I am almost 70. I guess I was thinking of Smedley. While I was waiting for my ITR to start on was put on security detail. Stood at the front gate waving cars in. They actually gave me a 45 with loaded clips. Also rode with an MP who was in Recon. Wirey little guy who I would hate to mess with. To keep you from thinking I made it up I did the John Wayne course and crawled under the barbed wire in the mud while they fired machine guns over us at night. Great fun. Semper Fi all.

Sgt Robert L Sisson - May 4, 2020

In reply to The Deuce.
Everyone knows boot camp and ITR were 2 different things. P.I and Geiger. At least in ITR we were treated half way like humans. Free time for the first time. I remember on Sundays going to wash my clothes and thinking this was GREAT.

Sgt. Robert L Sisson - May 4, 2020

In reply to L. Ortiz.
I ate C-rats 10 of my 18 months in Vietnam but never saw any candy.

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