“A Veteran Salute to Tabasco” In all wars some American companies have came forward and tried to make life litter better for the Troops. During the Vietnam War Tabasco was such a company. Millions of bottles were shipped to our American Troops free of charge. Although mess halls were available and the Army said at least one hot meal a day would be provided it didn’t always work out that way. So we would eat C-Rations. With a bottle of Tabasco and a Charlie Cook Book (which they provided) some tasty meals were created. “How to cook C-Rations in the field” As in all cooking you need heat. So we would roll up marble size ball of C-4 Plastic Explosive and light it with your Zippo. It would heat fast and the light could be easily concealed. This was good because the last thing you wanted was a RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) to land in your hole while making dinner. Open up your Charlie Cook Book and get started. Your bottle of Tabasco would come in a water tight camouflage container wrapped with a Charlie Cook Book. The container was great to store some of your awwww personal items in. “Charlie Cook Book” This post is dedicated to my friend, SP4 Rollin Davis – RTO (Radio Operator) Rifle Platoon HHC 196th Light Infantry Bdg - KIA – 05/04/1968 – At Camp Evans, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. The man was a wiz at cooking C-Rations and made the best hot chocolate I have ever had. RIP BROTHER.