Liver Burgers

I was stationed with MACS-3 in 1956 at an isolated radar base on the east coast of Korea. In the chow line one day a Marine ahead of me asked the Mess Sgt. “What’s for dinner?” The mess Sgt replied “Owl sh-t” The Marine replied “Oh I thought it might be something we couldn’t eat.”

In 1958 I was stationed with MACS-8 at OpaLaka (Miami, FL). The chow was usually OK except when we had a siege of old C-rations. One day we had liver, which few fellow Marines ate. The next day burgers were on the menu which we all thought would be great! Except the liver left over from the day before was ground into liver burgers. Ugh!

E.K. Pennington, Sgt. 1530714

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  • Fred Unsworth, SSgt, 1970 – 1978, 7312/7322

    The first time I walked in to the all ranks mess at Kwang Ju, Korea (USAF/ROKAF) I thought I had walked into a fine restaurant. In my short eight years in the Corps I got to experience everything but being shot at. Loved the southern fried rabbit, hated some of the C-rats, didn’t mind eating at a field kitchen, and absolutely loved eating in the Sergeants Mess at RAAF Amberly in Australia. The best Navy chow I had was at NAS Glynco in Brunswick, GA. Why is it that we can remember the food so well?

  • Dave Connly

    I was at the RR at Parris Island in October 1956. I had screwed up during the day and the D I, Corporal Burke told me to report to him after chow. I did! He told me to go and get a needle from my sewing kit. I did. He said Connly,do you see that screen door? Sir! Yessir! Count he holes in it using your needle! Don’t try counting down and then across and multiplying! (As if) I know how many holes there are! After 5 minutes he said Conny! What’s the count? Sir! 184 Sir! He kicked the door! What’s the count?! I lost my place! This went on for about an hour! Count! Kick the door! The whole Platoon was laughing their ass off except for the guy who was scrubbing toilets with his toothbrush! How can I remember this and I can’t find my car in the Walmart parking lot?! Burke by the way was a helluva nice guy! A good D I and a good Marine!

  • Donald L Cook

    chicken fried in bacon grease, Camp Talega 56. sf

  • Gunny B

    one thing that I never got used to was “CHILI MAC”. It looked like what we called goulash in Wisconsin, but it had chili powder in. It was terrible, and they fooled me every time!

  • Bob

    I was at Camp Schwab in 1966 and ate at the first chow hall on the right past the main gate. They had really good chow as I remember. The worst chow hall that I ate in was at Camp Geiger when in ITR. Luckily we had peanut butter and jelly. I pulled a week on night mess duty there before our platoon formed and I couldn’t even find any good food anywhere in the building.

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