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Fresh Melons – Overboard! Chow Line Memory

Kent – my father told of arriving in North Africa in 1943 after a long voyage from Chesapeake Bay with shipboard provisions. (Fried SPAM for breakfast every morning gave him a lifelong aversion to the product.)

He was delighted to find fresh melons at an Algerian street market; and brought a basketful back to the ship to share with shipmates. The ship’s doctor threw them overboard to avoid dysentery.

World War Two memory shared by – Albert Wellman


Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motor sports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.

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