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By the time the U.S. entered the war, Hershey was in his early 80s but still playing an active role in the company. Vitamin-enriched foods became popular, and in his continued quest to convince the public that chocolate was nutritious, he experimented with many combinations and additives. Most of the mixtures were an abject failure with the exception of a sweet potato-chocolate bar that tasted good. Most folks couldn’t fathom the idea of the two together, so the bar faded into obscurity.
As early as 1937, military officials knew another global conflict was coming, so they approached Hershey to discuss the production of a “life-sustaining” chocolate bar. The commissioned bar had to be more caloric-dense than a regular candy bar, but intentionally less tasty so the soldiers didn’t eat it in non-emergency situations. (Reports claim the Army demanded that it “taste a little better than a boiled potato.”) Additionally, the bar had to be pocket-sized and survive high heat.
In addition to the Field Ration D and Tropical Bars, Hershey products were part of seven ration packs: Army Field Ration K, 10-in-1 Ration, U.S. Army Field Ration C, Aircraft Snack Ration, U.S. Navy Life Raft Emergency Ration, Emergency Accessory Kit, and Prisoner of War Package.
Milton passed away in October, 1945 having seen the company through the end of the war and beyond, no doubt pleased at the opportunity to support his country.
Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors. Learn more about Linda and her books at http://www.LindaShentonMatchett.com
Love at First Flight
Evelyn Reid would rather fly than do anything else, so when war engulfs the U.S., she joins the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. One of the program’s top pilots, she is tapped for pursuit plane training...the dream of a lifetime until she discovers the instructor is her ex-fiancé, Jasper MacPherson.
Collecting enough points to rotate stateside, fighter pilot Jasper MacPherson is assigned to teach the WAFS how to fly the army way. Bad enough to be training women, but things take a turn for the worse when his former fiancée shows up as one of his students.
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