OUR ERA CALLED THE UNGAINLY THINGS, P-38's............

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  1. Grizzley1

    Grizzley1 Well-Known Member

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    When I was a kid we had a festival and carnival in town every summer. Several times the military would put on a demonstration with the boats they used in the Mekong Delta complete with mock battle against black pajama wearing hostiles on the river banks. Any way after the mock battles us kids got to pick up the .30 cal and .50 cal brass and they passed out boxes of c rations. I ended up with a P-38 and kept it on my key ring. That thing came in handy on camp outs and hunting trips for a lot of years. I lost it back in the 1990s, I took it off of my keyring because I got tired of it trying to give me a vasectomy after the hinge got a little loose. And yep, we got those packs of five cigarettes and a book of matches in each box of rations.
     
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    Five cigarettes??? Y'all got cheated. We got an entire package of cigarettes in every daily supply. I'm guessing more people got addicted during those years than after!!! SMOKE'M IF YOU GOT'M.
     

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    I call them John Waynes and also P38s when I was in the navy. Like skipper i use to carry one on my key chain till it attacked me. Just bought a couple for old time sake.
     
  4. gdmoody

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    Never heard them called John Wayne's, until this thread. I knew they were called P-38s since I was about 5 years old.
     
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    Can't think of any reason for something invented and issued in World War II to be called John Wayne. Details wanted on this one..........

    PS..........never mind. I checked up and found that the Marines call them John Wayne's because they are TOUGH!!! Must be a modern day nickname.;)
     
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    I still have the P38 I used the day I was shot down over Laos on my spare key set. Those things are handy. We did pre-flight and post flight inspections on our helicopters (CH-47Cs), and I always had a P38 on my dog tag chain to use on the screw heads of cowling tunnel cover locks. It was handier than carrying a flat tip screwdriver in your pocket. Besides, all we ever ate were C Rats so everyone always had their own P38.

    You can open a tin can faster with a P38 than with a regular can opener. It will also take the bottle caps off soda and beer bottles quickly.
     
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    Skipper - Turkey Loaf was my favorite. The Ham Slices w/Juices and Beef Slices were too greasy, the Boned Chicken was awful. Second favorite was Franks with Beans and those flat/round chocolate candy bars. The Chocolate covered cookies always got tossed. The fruit cake was pretty good, too. I always traded for the Chesterfield and Camel smokes.
     
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    Down in my story section, Vietnam War Stories by John H. Wilborn, there is a story I wrote about
    the WWII hero Richard Bong who was awarded the Medal of Honor by General McArthur in 1944
    by shooting down 40 enemy aircraft flying the P-38 Lightening aircraft...I labeled the story I
    wrote, WAR HEROS AND OTHER GODS... It is lengthy as my stories tend to be....I was in the
    6th grade when the visit to our little Iowa school happened..Chief
     
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    It was good heated up. I tried it cold a few times...not great. I knew a guy who made a passable cobbler out of the peaches and pound cake.
     
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    You know that getting shot out of the sky is no way to make a living!!!! Glad you made it.
     
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    One med can one yellow cake mixer mix well put in pan cook 350 tell golden brown and some ice cream ore yogurt uuuuuuuuuuuuuum
     
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    Tom, Skipper was talking about a C-ration peaches and pound cake!!

    I have made the one you are talking about and it is pretty good!
     
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    I tasmanian devil. though I deleted that do not kow how it posted.
     
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    The hinge wore out on my P38 as well, that sucker would make a hole in your leg.
    Got mine working for The Forestry Service fighting forest fires in '73.
    I wish I could find another one.
     
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