Today is the anniversary of D-day and I find myself reflecting on the [often] unsung heroes of the “Greatest Generation” and the sacrifices courageously given for my generation. I don’t take those sacrifices lightly, however, one thing that seems to have come out of the “Greatest Generation’s” service to our nation and the world is a widespread dislike for S.O.S. - technically titled Chipped Beef on Toast.
S.O.S. seems to have been a staple in the diet of the American GI. Apparently, the quality of preparation must have been rather substandard as every GI from the era will either laugh or cringe when the topic is brought up. How else can we explain the nick-name given to this dish; S—t on the Shingle?
Personally, never having served in the US Military the only S.O.S. I have enjoyed was prepared by outstanding cooks and has been fantastic! Even in the Amana Elementary hot lunch program the quality was very good. I was even invited to a friend’s home as a high school student to enjoy his grandmother’s version when we discovered a mutual enjoyment of the dish. Years later, Mary and I would have it over her homemade biscuits - Yummy!
As June 6th comes and goes, let us not forget the sacrifices bravely made by Veterans and everyone who has fought to keep us free. One of those sacrifices was undoubtedly suffering through the US Army’s S.O.S.