Cook in Guam Alexander November 5, 2012
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Authorâ€™s Note: This narrative takes place in WWII, 1943. During this time, Japan had taken over Guam, and troops from the U.S. were sent to reclaim it. People who were to fight were sent to different training camps before they could leave. time,
Also during that
There were metal, food, rubber, and other rations happening in America. The scrap metal was used for the war effort along with the food, but the rubber rations were because the factories that made 90% of the rubber for the United States were taken over.
So, This is the story of how my greatgrandpa got sent to the war in Guam.
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My Family Tree
This is my family tree. You can see me, some of my cousins, my grandparents, and some of my great-grandparents. The screen-shot cut some of it off, and the tree has a doted line where some people should be. Sorry about the gap on them, I had to delete the last name because this is going to be online.
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Cook in Guam
I can’t believe I let him talk me into joining the war. I can’t believe we thought we’d stick together, even in World War II. What was I thinking? I should have just stayed home to cook for my family like I always do. Before I could wonder if I would ever 0inish college, or even make it home, the Major’s booming voice cut through my thoughts: “All right! Any last questions before we head off to Guam? No? Good! Now before we go, I need to say that we have an opening for a cook, and, preferably, for someone with prior cooking experience. If you’re interested, meet me in the mess hall by the end of the day. DISMISSED!” I darted in between the tents over to the mess hall as soon as he stopped speaking; I wanted that job as cook! I loved to cook for my family, and I cooked for them everyday. I’m perfect for the job! Plus it would ease my worries and regrets about signing up for the war, because I would never be 0ighting. “Um, I’m here about the job as cook,” I nervously said as I stepped hesitantly into the mess hall.
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“Great, have you cooked before?” the Major asked. “Yes, I cooked for my family everyday before the war.” “Perfect, you start now,” he told me, “Here’s cook-‐ book for 50 people, but when you get to Guam, you’ll have to make four servings for the 200 men there. Start by cooking something for the 0ifty men here though. Consider it a test.” I rolled up my sleeves and 0lipped through the book for something to make for dinner. When I found a recipe I liked, I grabbed all the ingredients from the back and started cooking. Soon the fragrant smells wafted to my nose. It’s just like home, I thought, only ten times bigger! That week 0lew by, and next thing I knew, the army moved me again. But this time I wasn’t even in the same country; I was in Guam! When we got there, our camp was just a small clearing. We had to clear out the trees just to make room for the tents. I even started wondering ‘Why did Japan want to take over this overgrown jungle in the Birst place? Other than the fact it would make Japan bigger, it’s just a jungle! And now we have to reclaim it from Japan… Alexander
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Once we had cleared some room, the 0irst thing we did was put up the dining tent. I started cooking right away while everyone else set up their tents. I decided to make some bread and soup. I started by mixing all the dough. There was so much of it that I had to mix it in a bowl the size of a trashcan! Now, as I mixed the dough, I 0inally understood why we had the food and metal rations that were so annoying. Without them we wouldn’t even have metal bowls or the ingredients for dough. It just felt so good to feel the sticky dough on my hands again, without worrying that I was using up our rations. Once that was done, I started on the soup. I took the biggest bowl we had and 0illed it with hot water, then started 0illing it with various meats and vegetables. The bubbling soup was so tantalizing! While I chewed on the soft, warm bread, I re0lected to myself: I could get used to this; it’s not so bad here. And one of the best parts is that I’m supporting my country without having to Bight. I’m helping people’s lives by feeding them instead of destroying people’s lives by, well, destroying them.
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Interview: Where was he stationed i.e. What country •He was stationed in Guam for one year
• What was the setting like? •It was an island with palm trees and a jungle. They had to build all the roads and buildings.
What was it like to be in the war? •Not bad because he cooked for 200 men in Guam •
What was happening before the event? •He was going to collage to get ready to teach when he signed for the war up with a friend who wanted to. •
What year(s) (date possibly) were you there? •1943 •
Do you have any photos of it (Without Blood) •(I have a whole folder of them on my mac now)
What was happening during the event? •Guam had been taken and they were getting it back. It was a jungle.
How long were you away? •One year.
Who was there with you? •Nobody that he knew.
Was there a moment you remember that stands out? •Not really. •
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Reflection Questions What speciﬁc challenges did you face during this project? One specific challenge I found was how to trim it down to one moment, because I had three moments at first. In the end, I only got it down to two moments; I wasn’t able to make it one.
What did you learn about your family member? (personality, character…) I learned that he went to Guam for WWII, loved to cook even before the war, and after the war he helped out at his grandparent’s restaurant. This explains a lot about my brother, because he likes to cook and apparently both lines of our family were cooks. What did you learn about yourself (as a learner, as a family member)? I learned that I was a part of a family who had been in a lot of wars. My great grandpa was in WWII, my grandpa on my dad’s side fought in Vietnam, and my grandpa on my mom’s side almost fought in the Vietnam war.
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How have you grown? (as a writer…) I now noticed that I am bad at finding one small moment, I’m working on cutting out extra fluff and now I’m better at it though. I was able to cut out a whole scene. Why do you think doing a project like this is important? It helps us learn more about our families and we learn more about both our families, and historical events. What part of this process did you enjoy most? Why? I enjoyed the family tree making. It was cool to see a visual of how our family looked. What part of this process did you least enjoy? Why? The research, I couldn’t find any sites that related specifically to my moment, so I had to make the facts more general. How do you plan to share this project with your family/ family member? I plan to show them the website for this booklet.
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Bibliography 1. "Rationing on the US Homefront during WW II." Rationing on the US Homefront during WW II. Bob Cody, Dennis Jones, Adams Funeral Home and USBank, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http:// www.ameshistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/events/ rationing.htm>. 2. My great-grandpa
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