U.S. Army C-rations

My dad brought back his C-rations and each packet still contains its original contents. Matches Package reads: These matches are designed especially for damp climates. But, they will not light when wet, or after long exposure (several weeks) to very damp air. D.D. Bean & Sons, Jaffrey, NH

C-ration matches

C-ration matches

The C-ration packet below has the following words imprinted on it: Accessory Packet: Cigarettes; Matches; Chewing Gum; Continue reading

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Heating C-Rations

Excerpt from letter home: 8 October 1967:

You asked me once how we heat our C rations. Well about once a month they pass out heating tablets, they’re about 4 in. long about 2 in. wide and 1/2 in. deep, and they burn slow so they’re good to heat food with. It takes about 1/3 to 1/2 of a heating tablet to heat a can of C’s.

I have a can labeled ‘water’, unopened, from a C-ration my dad brought home. There’s still Continue reading

Bong Song and Staying Clean

June 17, 1967

Hi Dad & Mom

Well they told us today that we would be moving to the Bong Song Plains or Bong Song mountains, which one I don’t know yet.  We’ll move out no doubt in the morning tomorrow by copters.

I just came back from a village where we bought some cokes for 40 cents a piece. That cheap, they were 50 cents must be a Saturday sale.  I then went and ate dinner and in the chow line a guy said that it would be the day after tomorrow, so who knows what will happen.  You can’t believe Continue reading