July 4, 2015 at 13:09
I think its a p-38, can opener. I carried one on my keychain for years (not just when I was in the army)
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July 4, 2015 at 13:25
July 4, 2015 at 13:27
what do I win?
July 4, 2015 at 13:29
A case of c rations but you have to pay shipping
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July 4, 2015 at 13:30
it’ll take some time to scrape up the ‘scratch’, but I’m sure they’ll keep a few more decades while I do.
July 4, 2015 at 13:33
Or even centuries lol
July 4, 2015 at 13:34
good thing. at least some things were ‘designed’ to defeat the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
July 4, 2015 at 15:01
We called it a John Wayne! Used it many times!
July 4, 2015 at 15:03
Ha James, I knew it was only a matter of time before you chimed in here. I knew the Marine would know!
July 4, 2015 at 16:14
I think it’s part of an electric can opener!😺 (kats know about cans)
July 4, 2015 at 16:25
LOL…can opener, not electric. Poor Percy, no cans only bags LOL.
July 4, 2015 at 18:31
MOL!😸 Poor dude – if he ever tastes Fancy Feast there’ll be no going back!!
July 4, 2015 at 18:46
I know lol so let’s not tell him!
July 4, 2015 at 18:47
July 4, 2015 at 18:48
Don’t worry – I won’t tell him! (More fur me)! 😺
July 4, 2015 at 21:27
Grew up as military brat. We had them around the house. I don’t recall using one on active duty (would not have been remarkable since I grew up using them). However, I think the reason is that MREs (meals refused by Ethiopians) are wrapped in plastic, and the military stopped using them in 1980. Your readers may find this link interesting => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-38_can_opener
July 5, 2015 at 05:44
Thanks for the link, guess you can find anything on Wikipedia huh?
Some places apparently didn’t get the news on MREs. I started my active duty in the first part of 1981 and we kept eating c rations for a little while then. Thanks for coming by!
July 5, 2015 at 14:14
Well, I went to pilot training in 1975, but that did not work out. Then, after spending some time in graduate school, the Air Force asked me to join up again, in 1980.
That assignment took me under 4000 feet of granite inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. At the time, that was NORAD’s command post, and I got to work on the satellite tracking mission. When we had exercises that involved shutting up the entrance to that huge man-made cave, we ate MREs.
July 5, 2015 at 15:10
And they are um….not so good. To be charitable. LOL.
July 8, 2015 at 02:14
What is that? LOL
July 8, 2015 at 04:54
Jim, that is a P-38 can opener! Every soldier used to have on. It was the only way to open the canned C rations we had to eat out in the field. You could borrow one if you lost yours, but then you had to wait until your buddy got done with his.
July 8, 2015 at 12:10
When were you in the Army??
85 To 92 long ago lol
July 8, 2015 at 12:12
Wow anywhere outside the U.S.
July 8, 2015 at 12:14
Germany and Saudi Arabia during the first gulf war
July 8, 2015 at 12:16
That was active duty went in the reserve in 1980 so way long lol
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