Repost: No More Spam


A terrific story from the IHRA and a lead-in to my Monday post !! ENJOY!!


First published on our blog in 2015, this story will appear in Ken’s Men Against the Empire, Vol. II.

Throughout World War II, the subject of food was regularly brought up, usually because it was so terrible and the occasional good meal was worth writing home about. While the 43rd Bomb Group was staying in Port Moresby, they put up with field rations that included canned mutton, powdered eggs and “corn willy,” which was Aussie slang for canned corn beef.

Obviously, visits to the mess hall left much to be desired. There was one chef in the 403rd Bomb Squadron who decided to have a little fun with the menus each day and began writing up items such as “Spam ala King,” “Spam Peking,” “Sweet and Sour Spam,” etc. One day, he ran out of ideas and wrote “Just Plain Ole Hairy Spam.” We do not know if scenes…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on October 5, 2019, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 56 Comments.

  1. I don’t think I have eaten Spam since I was a child. We make the vast majority our food from scratch here. But as they say, any port in a storm. If that is what there is to eat, then it will taste good no matter what. 🙂

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  2. Actually I rather liked the corned beef in the ration packs — salty and tasty. And I would bet that much of it was left over from WW2. I’ve never heard it called “corn willy” but corn junk was the term often used.

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  3. As you know, I’m rather a fan. I’m still trying to run down some of the Pumpkin Spice Spam, just to give it a try! and I left a comment on the original post. There’s always something to add about Spam!

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  4. Thank you for another repost! Looks like it started quite a discussion over here.

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  5. My father mentioned a dislike for Vienna sausages. I’ve had the displeasure of eating powdered eggs–as well as powdered milk. At one time, these surplus commodities were distributed, by the Department of Agriculture to low-income families and public institutions.

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    • To me, Vienna sausages have a mushy texture and don’t taste half as good as they look and powered milk tastes a bit like dirty dish-water, but I’ve never had the “pleasure” of powdered eggs.


  6. Hawaii’s love affair w/ Spam started in WWII, didn’t it, GP? I confess, on rare occasions a strange craving for it comes over me, too (LOL).

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  7. I know the history of SPAM, I´m living proof of it, even before WW2 in the 1920´s they made it for people like me. hopefully it will stay there, it´s like cocacola, what are without those two

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  8. I enjoyed Spam – it is an insult to it to use it for cyber-junk 🙂

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  9. How similar the words. LoL BTW: A well sorted package, but not all day the same. I agree. Best wishes, Michael

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  10. Spam is a treat for us . . . and it was for my parents after the war in then-Yugoslavia and, eventually, Italy. I’ve always liked the taste.

    I think the experience of eating it might have left a different impression on people depending on whether they were on the verge of starving or sated and picky (some might say snobbish). For people with difficulty finding good food, Spam was a welcome sight (and taste).

    Hawaiʻians recognize it for the treat that it is. It was nice finding it on the menus of nearly all the restaurants we visited in the three years we lived in Hawaiʻi. Loco Moco with spam or the super-loco with spam . . . I miss it.

    Now, I can only find Spam in my cupboard and I have to cook it myself

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    • Spam got a bad rap because the troops had to eat it or go without any meat. Spam must still be a favorite for some, I see in the stores they now have different flavors.


  11. Good food would have been such a treat to these guys. I’m imagining they used as much of the food on the runway as possible. More on Spam on Monday.

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    • We’ve talked a lot about Spam around here and I suppose it’s because Spam was such a huge part of their lives back then. I just told Disperser, someone must still like it because I see Spam in a bunch of flavors these days in grocery stores.


  12. A great read, GP!
    I grew up on Spam! 🙂 Enjoy it! But, I do not enjoy the other Spam…”irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients.”
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…I left a comment/message on your last post and some more comments in reply to you on my LordBeariOfBow tribute post.

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  13. Spam instead of chop meat in our poor days…

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  14. GP, what’s the rest of the story? The food was still there, except for broken eggs. Scrambled, anyone? I ate spam as a kid! It wasn’t that bad fried! 🤣 Christine

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  15. Glad they made it to the airport but those eggs! Anyway, I like spam but Matt does not so I never buy it although young Matt bought some before hurricane Dorian. He decided to use them the other day. He had it diced with fried wild rice, shredded mangoes and carrots, pineapples, water chestnuts, red peppers, green onions, and eggs and homemade sauce, Quite delicious and healthy too! I don’t know what it’s called. He was the chef that night!

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  16. I wonder if a healthy serving of “Just Plain Ole Hairy Spam” might help replace some of the Chrome on my Dome? It’s worth trying, I suppose … 🤣😂

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  17. I can’t do it, tried…just can’t 😉

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  18. Isn’t it just sod’s law that while all the old ‘planes arrived without problems a nice new sparkly one had a disaster! I can imagine the relief that the crew got out…and also the disappoinment at an omelette on the runway rather than on the plate.

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  19. I was a big fan of Spam, and still am. My Mum served it as Spam Fritters most weeks, and also cold in sandwiches, with pickles.
    It now comes in an ‘easy-open’ container here, and I occasionally enjoy some ‘memory lane’ Spam sandwiches. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete

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