40-Year-Old Cake

CRationsRetiring U.S. Army officer Henry Moak wanted one thing at his retirement ceremony — a military C-ration can of pound cake. He’d held onto one since his last tour of duty in Vietnam. The can dated back to 1969, and Moak remembers receiving it while working as a Marine helicopter pilot off the Vietnamese coast in 1973.

After the retirement ceremony last week, friends and family watched as Moak popped the top on the 40-year-old can. He said it smelled good, took a bite, and claimed that the canned pound cake even kept its moistness.

A spokesman from the Defense Supply Center in Philadelphia, Pa., strongly urged that consuming old C-rations is a bad idea. Leaky seals can cause mold or botulism.

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