Posts Tagged ‘grain’

August 17, 1945

Posted: August 17, 2015 in Uncategorized
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On August 17 we still had not been officially told that the war was over, but every man in camp believed that it was. There were no new developments in camp that day except that the chow was improved. They had killed a hog and half of it was cooked in our soup. One-half of hog for 722 men didn’t give us much meat, but the soup sure had a good flavor. The grain was not increased any, but I thought, who cares for rice and barley when we are so near to getting ham and eggs?

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July 9, 1945

Posted: July 9, 2015 in Uncategorized
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We went through the same daily routine on July 9 of digging the air raid tranch [sic] and carrying water. The nicest part of the day was when the other details got back to camp from their jobs. The first question usually was “What do we have for chow?” We all knew the answer but hoped some day it waould [sic] be something other than soup and grain. Then we all wanted to know if there was any good news and if anybody had any late news on the progress of the war.

September 9, 1943

Posted: September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
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After the Japs cooked their food, they threw away the roots from the onions. We dug them up and ate them. We found old bones and if they were too hard to chew, we would take slivers of tin or a hack saw blade and saw through the bone and eat the marrow scrapings or the dust from the bones.

After three months in this camp, we quit getting grain at noon, and they gave each of us half a loaf of bread which was about one-fourth the size of a loaf of bread here in the states. There were many deaths in camp due to starvation and exposure. Here again we had no heat in this camp.

One day we were going to the warehouse, we saw some Japanese longshoremen unloading a barge of fish meal in twenty kellos boxes. I told Sweatman that I was going to get a box of fish meal, so I managed to steal one and stashed it in the warehouse. It took us four days to smuggle it into camp, however. The Japs used it for fertilizer, but I knew there were lots of vitamins and other food values in it regardless of what it was used for. Fish meal was a pretty good trading item in camp, and it didn’t taste too bad over our grain.

When I say grain, that is what I mean. Rice was so scarce in our diet that when we had a bowl or a ration of it in camp, we always made the distinction by calling it white rice. Most of our diet consisted of rolled barley and a grain that they called korea. It is a grain that looks like maize. Sometimes we had soybeans soaked in with the grain, and then there were times when we had mong beans, which tasted like half-cooked black eyed peas.