Mess hall cooks raise morale at Cherry Point with Christmas meals

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Lance Cpl. Rolando Castillo takes seasoned turkeys into the freezer before Christmas dinner at Cherry Point. About 30 workers at the base mess hall provided a Christmas dinner like grandma would make for on-duty Marines unable to travel home for the holidays.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM.

Cooking that holiday meal for 10 or 20 family members can be stressful. Imagine cooking that holiday meal for more than 200 Marines.

That was the task of a group of Cherry Point Marines who spent their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the mess hall trying to bring just a taste of home to the working Marines at the air station.

"I’ve been doing this job for 10 1/2 years, and I take pride in it," said Staff Sgt. William Taylor, chief cook at Cherry Point. "The Marines take a lot of pride because they know what it’s like not to go home. The Marines at Christmas time do an awesome job. The Marines that stay here on holidays really appreciate it."

The Christmas Day menu included roast beef, roast turkey and baked ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn, pumpkin pie, assorted fruit pies and a long list of other tasty delights.

The cooks prepare food for about 2,000 Marines daily. With the holiday, about 235 were expected. Still, the cooks prepared the dinner with all the care as a grandmother cooking for her family.

Department of Defense civilians and old veterans alike came by to eat with the young Marines for Christmas.

"Some come with their families and absolutely appreciate it," Taylor said. "Some of these are old guys, World War II veterans. A lot of those old veterans prefer to come here instead of going somewhere else. They prefer to give back because of all that has been given to them. It kind of reminds them of being home but not being at home."



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