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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  • Steven Haygood

    I was with Mike 3/5 in ‘Nam in 1967. I can’t remember which operation I was on, but we were in the mountains, west of Que Son, near Laotian border. Weather was bad and we were looking DOWN on the clouds!..Normal, every three-day supply ‘choppers’ with C-rats , ammo, supplies and SPs/Sundry Packs were socked in for five days. We lived off of the dried rice, tortilla-like, wafer-like, “bread” that we found in abandoned villes. We also ate wild, sweet, “finger bananas”, and the bitter-sweet, pineapple-like fruit we called “pineapple” that grew above ground, on a plant sililar in appearance to a Meguay’ Cactus, and on a stem, upside down, and the size of one’s fist before skinning. Couple of times we made “Mulligan Stew” by choice and a couple of times ny necessity.


  • Cpl Bob Korean

    Going thru boot camp MCRD SAN in 1950, the guys at the table were complaining about the size of the fried chicken….must have been a scrawny one they complained. Some of the country boys popped up, and said that’s rabbit, not chicken. Several of the boots wouldn’t eat any more. YUK! It really wasn’t too bad.


  • artymgysgt

    In 1967 I was on Hill 55 about 15 miles SW of Danang and we had all sorts of folks coming by for lunch at the 7th Marines messhall for some reason we were getting all sorts of lobster items and they were great! On the other hand in Okinawa in the 70’s a friend was always talking about “Red Death” in the chow hall today. Some of the guys asked what that was and I told them it was Corned Beef.


  • Ed Swilling

    Arthur, I was also stationed at NWS, Charleston 1970-71, but I don’t remember any seafood served. The chow was pretty good though. I thought MB NWS was a great duty station as I was from Chattanooga, TN.


  • Ed Swilling

    Arthur, I was also stationed at NWS, Charleston in 1970-7,but I don’t remember any seafood. The chow was pretty good though. I thought it was a great duty station since I was from Chattanooga, TN.


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