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Vets remember their not-so cherished meals

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Wilmington has often been described as a World War II boom town. Memories of the war live on in the men and women who served their country. Wednesday morning, some of them gathered to share memories and a favorite wartime breakfast with an off-color name.

For the fighting men of World War II, S.O.S. was a breakfast staple, given its off-color nickname for its off-putting appearance.

“You don’t really want to know what the name of that is. It’s a bad word on a shingle. You figure it out for yourself,” said Harvey Knowles.

But Wednesday’s meeting brought back many more memories than just a meal.

“When I was sent overseas, my oldest son was 12 months old he was five years old the next time I saw him,” said Joel Morrison.

Wednesday was also a chance for them to remember a fellow veteran who died recently.

Claude “Tiger” Kiger served with the Marines in the Pacific making five amphibious landings during the war. The friends he left behind are a group full of memories including a culinary concoction unlike any other. Knowles said, “A very filling meal. Like I said, you figure it out for yourself. S.O.S., what else can I say about it?”

World War II Remembered consists mainly of veterans of the war, but the group is open to anyone.

Starting in January, the group will meet the fourth Friday of every month at 10 a.m. at the New Hanover County Senior Center.

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videoMemories of the war live on in the men and women who served their country. Wednesday morning, some of them gathered to share memories and a favorite wartime breakfast with an off-color name.

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