Monday, February 26, 2018
A Slice of Pumpkin Pie for Battleship USS North Carolina (Well, A Lot of Them)
From the March 2018 Our State (NC) Magazine
On Thanksgiving 1943, the 2,300+ crew of the battleship USS North Carolina received a special feast while stationed off the Gilbert islands in the Pacific Ocean. They had baked ham and giblet gravy, whipped potatoes, Waldorf salad, French peas, Parker House rolls, pumpkin pie and ice cream.
Baker Donald Ayers pumpkin pie dough recipe for the mass of men called for 200 pounds of flour, 96 pounds of shortening and 6 pounds of salt.
Baker Oscar David Taylor's pumpkin filling included evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger as well as pumpkin.
Eating Good Out In the Pacific. --GreGen