Clarence Metz: Army cook
I admit it. I’m a Top Chef fan.
Not that I can whip up such amazing creations myself, but I really enjoy seeing how these talented chefs pull off the seemingly impossible in such a limited amount of time. And under some really difficult environments.
But did you ever see those episodes where the contestants are told they must cook a gourmet meal for 300 people? And even though the serving portion usually ends up being some spoon-sized, artistic dollop on a tiny plate, the contestants usually all have the same freaked-out expression on their faces.
One meal for 300 people?
Oh. My. God.
(Cue the laughter from all those current and ex-military cooks)
Let’s look at this challenge from a military perspective. Continue reading
Rudolph Celinas: World War I horseshoer
World War I irrevocably changed the view of warfare in a number of ways. The trench bogs, the introduction of tanks, weapons of mass destruction (mustard gas) and the last-gasp reliance on horses for either hauling artillery or cavalry officers through the endless mud and muck.
Animals were integral to the war effort. According to the RootsWebAncestry.com website, the US Army had six classes of animals to fulfill military hauling requirements. These were:
• For the cavalry: Active horses from 950 to 1,200 pounds
• For hauling light artillery: Strong active horses from 1,150 to 1,300 pounds
• For hauling siege batteries: Powerful horses from 1,400 to 1,700 pounds
• For hauling wheelers above 1,150 pounds or leaders above 1,000 pounds: pack and draft mules
Naturally, these animals required care and the Veterinary Corps stepped in to help out. Below, is some film footage from 1918 showing some of the various steps taken to prepare a horse for the war effort.
While today’s military veterinarians still take care of the ceremonial horses, they also look after sniffer dogs currently helping out troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
…and the history they’ve made.
Private Koester: Born 1833 - Died 1918
May is a great month for remembering our veterans and our sometimes forgotten history. Over the next few weeks, Beyond The Ghosts… will be posting a variety of interesting memorial headstone snapshots and stories from the photo archives. In the meantime, here are four links to some previous military postings to get us started.
And lest we forget…To those who have served, or who are currently serving, thank you!
World War 1 Tank Corps
Marching with General Sherman down through Atlanta
The Siberian Front – World War I
Before the Air Force, the Army had things well in hand…