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The Apple box

by fiona jones

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12 May 2005

This story was contributed by Gerald Bradley ,74 years old who lived in Castledawson during the war.....

'There were fringe benefits to having the American G i's stationed behind your home. Once me and my friend were passing the cook house when we heard a roar of “ Come on in Boys!”

We were presented with a huge industrial sized tin of peaches. I mind eating peaches till I was near sick!

Before the 82nd airborne regiment arrived there was a small detachment of medical troops stationed there for a short time. (At least I assume they were medical judging from the snake like badges they wore.)

One day I was invited by them to gather up some friends and come on up to the huts as they were moving out in the morning.

I couldn't find my mates anywhere and rushed over alone. I was presented with an Apple box and told to help myself to what had been left on the bottom of each bunk. They must have been travelling light..... there was chocolate, apples , oranges and all manner of goodies laid out for me to pack .There were 40 bunks in the hut .The Apple box got heavier and heavier and I resorted to filling my pockets in an effort to cram as much of it in as possible.

I scurried off and found my friends in the local snooker club whereupon we set about sharing the spoils!'

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