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 Author  Topic: Earl Richmond
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Hi Earl: I know you were the cook on PT 108. I was just reminicing about the meals served by our PT 242 cook,H.B. (Bill Knapp). Looking back, with that small kitchen and the food supplies you guys had to work with I don't know how you were able to feed 10 men but you did a good job of it. Some of Bill's meals:
"Fried Spam" --served with watery dried potatoes and/or hash.
"Sh -- on a Shingle" --Dried chipped beef in a gravy sauce served on a slice of toasted bread.
"Horse cock and Cheese" -- cold cuts, bologna, etc. and sliced cheese (this was usually served Sunday nights)
"Baked Beans" --(These were served for Saturday Breakfast)
"Weevily Pancakes" --served with orange marmalade (no syrup) ( Syrup was in short supply but there seemed to be a plentiful supply of marmalade and grapefruit juice)
.All the meals were served with yellow atabrine tablets.
Most all of the bread which Bill got from the base was weevily but cooked weevils are not bad. Occasionally we would beg from Capital ships coming through, fresh meat, fruit and fresh eggs but that was rare. At Green Island we ate mostly at the base chow hall but the menu was about the same as what Bill prepared. I left the States in August 1943 @ 5' 11" 160# and returned 15 months later @ 5'11' 140#.

Earl, I am sure you can add much to this list. You cooks did a marvelous job. Our cook H.B.(Bill) Knapp from Earlville NY made his last patrol a couple of years ago.

C. J. Willis

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HI C.J. IT WAS A LITTLE ROUGH BUT WE DID DO WITH WHAT LITTLE WE HAD.STORY WAS THAT ALL THE OTHER OPURFITS GOT THE GOOD STUFF AND WE GOT WHAT WAS LEFT OVER,WHICH WASN,T VERY MUCH. EACK COOK HAD HIS OWN WAY OF FIXING THE MEALS.AS TO THE SPAM.WHICH WAS NOT EXACTLY ENTICING I MADE MY OWN CONCOCTION OF TOMKATYO SAUCE WITH PEAS IN IT.THE GUYS TOOK TO IT AND ACTUALLY LIKED TO SOP UP THE SAUCE WITH THE BREAD.THA MAPLE SYRUP I HAD WAS "HOMEMADE" FROM TABLETS.IT WASN,T TOO BAD OVER FRENCH TOAST OR PANCAKES.I MADE THE PANCAKES FROM SCRATCH.WE ONLY HAD FRESH MEAT ONCE AND THAT WAS WHEN I ASKED THE SKIPPER TO SIGNAL A KORBVETE AND WE SWAPPED CIGARETTS FOR CHICKEN,BEEF AND LAMB.THAT TOOK A LOT OF CONTINOUS COOKING AS WE HAD TO EAT IT BEFORE IT WENT BAD.THE MEN DIDN,T MIND AND THEY WENT TO TOWN ON IT. THEY EVEN THANKED ME BY CLEANING THE WHOLE GALLY FOR ME.ANOTHER COOK FEROM THE 106 BOAT TOOK A SKIFF AND WENT TO SOME BARGES THAT WERE UNLOADED THAT DAY FROM THE SHIPS IN THE LAGOON.WE CONVINCED THE MARINE GUARDS TO LET US COME ABOARD.WE WERE ABLE TO "BOORROW"SOME OF THE FOOD CRATES OFF THE BARGE.WHEN WE GOT BACK TO THE BOATS WE FOUND WE HAD CHOCOLATE MALTS,OVERSEAS CHOCOLATE CANDY AND PACKED COOKIES.WE DIVIDED THE STUFF AND ENJOYED.WE ONLY HAD ONE FRESH EGG THE WHOLE TIME ON THE BOAT AND THEN WE HAD TO GO TO THE BASE GALLY,GET THE EGG FROM THE CHIEF po AND TAKE IT TO ONE OF THE COOKS WHO FIXED IT THE WAY WE WANTED.I HAVE A LOT OF RECIPES THAT I USED IN A BOOK.COULD GO ON AND ON BUT IT WOULD TAKE TOO MUCH SPACE ON HERE./NEEDLESS IT WAS ROUGH SERVING DINNER AND BREAKFAST FOR THE CREW AND PASSENGERS AND ALSO PREPARING SANDWICHES AND COFFE FOR THEM TO EAT WHILE ON PATROL.WE ABLE TO GO BELOW ON PATROL DOWN THRU THE GALLED HATCH AS WE HAD A RED LIGHT IN THE GALLED ON THAT WASN,R VISIBLE TO THE BEACH OR OTHER SHIPS.I ALSO HAD TOP STAND WATCHES AND MAN EITHER A TWENTY MM OR THE TWIN FIFTIES OFF THE COCKPIT.HOPE THIS HELPS A LITTTLE.THANKS FOR ASKING.WE DON,T GET MANY REQUESTS FOR INFO. GOOD SAILING EARL

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EARL RICHMOND

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PLEaSE EXCUSE THE TYPING ERRORS.OLD AGE,DEGENERATION IN THE EYES AND DAMAGE TO LEFT EYE FROM A MIMI STROKE. EARL

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The typing is better than mine and I'm 57. Thanks for the stories. I could read this stuff all day and never get tired of it.
Ed


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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CJ & EARL:

Please keep these wonderful stories coming our way. As most of us here on this message board are between 30 and 60 years of age, it is important for us to learn as much as we can from you PT BOAT VETERANS. Knowledge learned first hand from you can go a long way in our continued quest to learn as much as we can about the PT Boat Service. When I think about your having to cook for these men with little or no resources, it is certainly a testimony to your resourcefulness and determination to make your crew's happy and well feed.

Today, we get hungry, run to the Store for groceries, bring it home and eat whenever we want. In those dark days of WWII, being on a PT BOAT those luxeries were long gone. We take for granted all those things that come so easily today, forgetting what you men went thru so that we can run to the grocery Store, get what we want, and eat when we want. My hats of to you both, I am so very honored and so very proud to know so many of you that sufferd thru having to do without so that we can have what we want today. So please, keep the stories coming. It is so very important for future generations to learn first hand these accounts of your life while serving on thsee wonderful little wooden wonders.............


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C.J. & Earl: As always, let me add my thanks to you for sharing these memories. It is through you guys that the rest of us get a whiff of those days Out In The Area.....

Will

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EARL RICHMOND

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MORNING c>j> AND THANKS TO ALL FOR THE KIND WORDS.MADE ME FEEL GOOD.THIS IS A LIST OF THE RATIONS WE HAD;UNDER EXEC OFF BUNK;;;L-GALLON CATSUP---1 GAL STRING BEANS--3 GAL PEANUT BUTTER--2 GAL CORNED BEEF HASH---3 GAL APPLE BUTTER---1 GAL PRESERVED BUTYTER---3 GAL CHILI CON CARNE---2 GAL DRIED WHOLE EGGS---1 GAL PEAS---8 SM CANS SPINAQCH---5 SM CANS SILVER BEETS--P-6 SM CANS CORNED BEEF---129 SM CANMS BEEF AND VEG STEW---5 SM CANS PORK SAUSAGE---3 SM CANS ORANGE MARMALADE---7 SMALL CANS STRING BEANS--2 SM CANS DEHYDRATED CRANBERRIES---5 POUND CAN VANILLA
SKIPPERS BUNK----5 GALS ORANGE MARMALADE AND 2 GALS PEANUT BUTTER---10 GAL DEHYDRATED EGGS---10 GAL FLOUR---20 CANS GYEAST POWDER

IN GALLEY BILGE---10 SM CANS PEAS---9 SM CANS STRING BEANS---11 SM CANS SPINACH--3 GAL MUSTARD

THIS WAS ALL AT ONE GIVEN TIME. NEXT POST MAY BE ABOUT OVERHAUL TIME IN GALLEY THERE WERE CONDIMENTS--SALT PEPPER ,VINEGAR,ETC AND ALSO CLEANING SUPPLIES. WITH MY MEMORY I MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN SOME THINGS. EARL

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EARL RICHMOND

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THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE 19 SM CANS BEEF AND VEF STEW SORRY

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CJ Willis

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Hi Earl: Thanks for the response. Good to hear from you again. I believe you had about the same problems as Bill Knapp did with the food supplies. About the same stuff we were served. I notice you too had plenty of orange marmalade. I believe we had something with marmalde every morning. I still don't care for it. Some of your recipes sound pretty good. You have a good memory to remember what you had on hand. Sorry to hear of your stroke. All us old timers are now in our 80's so we can expect about anything. I am in good health except like Frank Andruss and Frank Ryczek have a bad knee but not bad enough for a "total knee" and especially the rehab. We all just play the cards we are dealt I guess. Thanks Ed, Will, and Frank for your comments. You guys give us encourgement. Nice to know you enjoy hearing our PT stories.

C. J. Willis

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EARL RICHMOND

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HEY SEEMS OUR BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS KEEPING THE FOOD SAFE TO EAT BECAUSE OF THE EXTREME HEAT IN THE GALLY.BY,THE WAY, I STILL DON,T LIKE MARMALADE EITHER.FOR SOME REASON THOUGH WE ALL WANTED SOMETHING SWEET TO EAT AT BREAKFAST.MIGHTR HAVE BEEN TO KILL THE TASTE OF THE OTHER STUFF.WE ALSO HAD PLENTY OF VIENNA SAUSAGE.IF I HAD TO DEPEND ON MY MEMORY I WOULDN,T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WRITE ALL THIS STUFF DOWN.I WROTE IT ALL DOWN IN A BOOK I STILL HAVE AND AM TRANSPOSING IT FROM THERE.WE GHAD A LOT OF HARD CHEESE TOO.BESIDES EATING IT WE ALSO USED IT FOR FISH BAIT.I,VE HAD TWO HEART ATTACKS AND TWO STROKES BUT STILL KICKING.GUESS THE GOOD LORD IS NOT READY FOR ME YET.WILL ADD SOMETHING HERE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE FROM MY BOOK.HOPE I DON,T GET TOO BORING WITH IT.GOOD SAILING C/J.THANKS FOR KEEPING IT GOING. ALL YOU OTHER MODELERS,FRIENDS,ETC ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE "BOATS".IT,SWHAT HELPS KEEP US OLDSTERS GOING TOO.THANK YOU.

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