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 Author  Topic: HEY CJ Willis
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CJ, I was hoping you yould let me use this memory in a piece I am working on about Military food memories. I just thought this was a good read.

Its from a conversation between you and Earl. Contact me on the boards or shoot me an email with any questions. thedeckchef@hotmail.com

Thanks - Kent Whitaker

Earl..
As you remember the medical staff required all personell to take atabrine tablets daily to combat malaria. Some guys hated them and wouldn't take them but I always took what ever they gave me. Most of the time these tablets were placed on our trays when we went through the chow line. However if you recall at either Treasury or Green they had a different system to make every one take atabrine. A pharmacist mate stood at the end of the chow line - had everyone open their mouth and he threw the pills down our throat. If you ate you took atabrine just that simple. Being a cook there I thought you might remember.
Did you happen to know our P.T. 242 cook - Hilland B. "Bill" Knapp from Rochester,NY?

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i think it was at green where the PM gave the atabrine tablets. the tabs werre not only bitter but also had a tendancy to turn your skin a yelllow tint, earl

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Kent: I have no objection to your use of our conversation with Earl.

Earl: I am pretty sure it was at Green Island where the atabrine was thrown down our throats because we cooked and ate on the boats at Treasury. At Treasury we rigged a tarp over a stove on the bank where we tied the boat up to limbs of huge trees that hung out over the water. The cook did most of the cooking there instead of on the boat.. We also had an open tent where we could eat on the bank. I recall we had to walk the tree limbs to get ashore. It was a beautiful area of the cove where we berthed.

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kent i have no objection either.

at treasury i did not have an occasion to go down to the boats.i stayed up at the base all the time. in a tent with a foxhole outside it.i did stand watch at the upper part of the trail leading down to the boat area.at night sometimes.at the base gal;ley we stored supplies nect to it on skids that were covered with tarp.i usually was the first cook to go on duty at the galley. i started cooking breakfast at 4 am..one morning,in the dark, we heard a loud noise coming from the storage area next to the galled. the duty guard ran over to check it out with me.we fouund the tarp uncovered from the canned goods.we never idid see who was there. the noise of the cans falling must have scared hom.them off.we assumed that somehow a jap had tried to steal some food.as you know they were still around the area . earl

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