A Sailor Serves Food on the Chow Line


Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Feeding more than 2,500 ravenous sailors on board an aircraft carrier was a hot, fast-paced and exhausting job. Intrepid’s commissarymen dished up food for 15 hours a day, starting well before breakfast and working until after dinner. They sweated over grills, ovens and fryers in two massive galleys. They served about 7,500 meals a day, which required seven tons of food per day. At each meal, crew members lined up on the “chow line,” where commissarymen dished out food onto metal trays.

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  • Title: A Sailor Serves Food on the Chow Line
  • Date Created: 1967/1969
  • Historic Owner: Danny L. Camp
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Gift of Danny Camp, SN, 1967 and 1968 deployments to Vietnam. P2014.12.261
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