Americana: Taps for C Rations

Frederick the Great said that an army marches on its belly, and for 40 years the American Army has filled its stomach with C (for combat) rations. The food came in olive-drab cans that seemed to match the flavors sealed inside.

Now, like the draft and the Ml rifle, C rations will become a thing of the past. In their place the Army has developed MREs (meal, ready-to-eat), precooked and packed in nice little aluminum-foil pouches. The new fare includes steak, swiss; ham, sliced; chicken, a la king; and beef, stew; along with chocolate cookies, fruit and brownies and freeze-dried coffee....

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