Woodbury County

S/Sgt Arthur L. Carey



Knows How Tough It Is to Feed the Doughboys

Staff Sergeant Arthur L. Carey, formerly of Sioux City, a mess sergeant of a company in the 34th infantry division, has been returned to the United States after 25 months overseas in England, North Africa and Italy. The picture was taken the day after his arrival in this country.

A Sioux City infantryman who has just been returned to this country after 25 months overseas can tell you just how tough it is to feed a whole company of hungry doughboys in battle.

He is Staff Sergeant Arthur L. Carey, 615 Court Street, who went into Ireland with the First American troops to set foot there in the present war, and who went through the entire North African Campaign and the Italian campaign until a few days ago.

Sergeant Carey was mess sergeant of a company in the 34th infantry division.

“It is just about impossible to give the boys hot food during a battle,” he said. “You hate like heck to send the kids tin cold C and K rations day after day, but it is almost out of the question to get hot food up to them.

“It is especially bad in Italy, where the terrain is so rough. It is hard even to get their C and K rations up to them, most of the time you have to carry them in by a human pack train.”

“We had a break at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Our unit was pulled back out of the front lines then, and we had turkey both times. The boys sure did like it.”

He is the son of Mrs. Ada E. Carey, Vincentown, N.J. and he plans to spend part of his 20-day furlough in Sioux City, and part with is mother.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, April 2, 1944