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Just a spoon

October 2, 2009 - Karin Elton
I happened to reread Ellayne Conyers’ Sept. 21 about what kind of food a soldier ate when he was in the army. It reminded me of tales my dad told of his time during World War II.

He never ate chili at home — he had had enough of it from when he consumed it three times a day for weeks on end during the war.

He remembered sharing a can of beans with a group of soldiers. They each had their own spoon and would take a bite and pass the can on. One time WWII hero and, post-WWII, actor Audie Murphy was among those bean-eaters.

Dad brought his spoon back to the United States after the war. It was always in the knife and fork drawer at home, in with the serving spoons. U.S. was engraved in the handle. Didn’t think much of the spoon until after he died. Then I took it out of the drawer and really looked at it.


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