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#1 viking73

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 08:24 AM

Hi,
 
 
Yesterday and hit an antique store I'd never gone to before close to me.  There was a couple of sellers with military items but I didn't see anything I really couldn't live without...  Prices were so-so.  Then I checked out one booth with some random stuff and as I was about to turn and walk away, I spied this box until a table.  An unopened case of MREs from 1981!!  And the best part, it was marked down to $20 :)
 
-Derek

 

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#2 viking73

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 08:25 AM

Here's the top of the box:

 

 

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 09:03 AM

Good Score- Probably never find any earlier date than that.



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Posted 28 April 2019 - 05:05 PM

Wow, early brown ones are collectible. “Meals Rejected By Ethopians” were fitting for some early ones.

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 06:59 PM

Nice find. They practically gave it away @ $20. People pay a lot of money for old MRE's.

Checkout that guy on youtube who eats MRE's from the vietnam war and reviews them like they're 5-course meals. He's eaten MRE's from the korean war and ww2 as well. Not sure how he's still alive.


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Posted 28 April 2019 - 07:24 PM

Yeah, baby....  Ham and chicken loaf!!!  :wacko:



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Posted 29 April 2019 - 03:17 AM

Nice find. They practically gave it away @ $20. People pay a lot of money for old MRE's.

Checkout that guy on youtube who eats MRE's from the vietnam war and reviews them like they're 5-course meals. He's eaten MRE's from the korean war and ww2 as well. Not sure how he's still alive.

 

Yeah, I thought so too.  The original price was $40 but it had been marked down to $20.  Guess they'd been there awhile, waiting for me to come take them home :)

 

Steve1989's ration reviews on YouTube are pretty great.  I am a subscriber I admit.  Not too long ago, he ate a piece of Civil War hardtack.  Crazy but can't look away.

 

I'm sure these MREs aren't any good.  This case will stay sealed even though I am a bit tempted to open the case and check them out in all their dark brown pouch glory!

 

-Derek



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Posted 29 April 2019 - 03:45 AM

No MREs in Vietnam, meal, individual AKA “C rations” and freeze dried LRRP rations. IIRC first MREs came out late 70s , in a green cardboard box. One in collection. LRRP rations would maybe be ok? Had lots of them in 80s, son and I ate some when camping.

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 04:21 AM

AWESOME!!

 

those early ones had dehydrated meat sponges...just add water and a steak appeared  LOL  or just a brown sponge....the best were the dehydrated strawberries  ,,,good stuff...and just my opinion...unless they burst open...I would say I would eat one...if the case was opened...dont think I would open a sealed case though... 



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Posted 29 April 2019 - 09:41 AM

this case is packed in 1982. may 13th.

 

btw its a cool find :)

 

let me know if considering selling it....

 

cheers ken



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Posted 29 April 2019 - 11:19 AM

The MRE Cookbook...  Haute cuisine!

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 03:07 AM

Cold ham and cheese omelet, one of the best



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Posted 30 April 2019 - 07:25 AM

Cold ham and cheese omelet, one of the best

 

 

...I could never get past the smell...even with the Tabasco

Favorite was the sghetti with meat sauce...but don't think that was one of the original menu items

 

Anyone have a list of the original menus for the MREs...the menu choices were limited IIRC 



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Posted 30 April 2019 - 08:48 AM

01 pork patty

02 ham and chicken loaf

03 beef patty

04 beef slices with bbq sauce

05 beef stew

06 frankfurters with beans

07 turkey diced with gravy

08 beef diced with gravy

09 chicken ala king

10 meatballs with bbq sauce

11 ham slices

12 beef ground with spiced sauce

12 b  chicken loaf

 

these was the menus from 1981-1985 



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Posted 30 April 2019 - 08:50 AM

No MREs in Vietnam, meal, individual AKA “C rations” and freeze dried LRRP rations. IIRC first MREs came out late 70s , in a green cardboard box. One in collection. LRRP rations would maybe be ok? Had lots of them in 80s, son and I ate some when camping.

 

got pictures of the old style/first run mre?

 

cheers ken
 



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Posted 30 April 2019 - 09:59 AM

Thanks Norway...  how could I forget chicken ala king  that was another good one



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Posted 30 April 2019 - 10:13 AM

chicken ala death   was another name for it ... :D



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Posted 30 April 2019 - 01:45 PM

 
got pictures of the old style/first run mre?
 
cheers ken
 

Yea, have to dig out the rations box, be tomorrow. Was thinking about it but to busy.....

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 01:45 PM

 
got pictures of the old style/first run mre?
 
cheers ken
 

Yea, have to dig out the rations box, be tomorrow. Was thinking about it but to busy.....

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 05:37 PM

Chicken ala king was big-time trade bait!  

 

TH1



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Posted 01 May 2019 - 04:22 AM

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First issue MRE .

Ken, Thank you for prompting me to dig this out, found a leaking can of RVN C rations that had fungus among us, caught it in time. Will post pics in another thread on storing rations.

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 04:23 AM

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Main dish, glad this is freeze dried...

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 04:25 AM

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Extra goodies in box.

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 04:26 AM

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Opinion form in box, would have loved to read them.

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 04:29 AM

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Back of form. Any one remember these? Also notice the cigarettes in the accessory packet.


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