World War II K-ration issued to Minnesota soldier

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Titles World War II K-ration issued to Minnesota soldier
Description K-ration breakfast box. This meal was issued to Wendal Kulenkamp of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, during his service in the 590th Medical Hospital Ship Platoon during World War II. K-rations, developed by University of Minnesota physiologist Ancel Keys, contained inexpensive, calorie-rich foods to be eaten by soldiers in field or combat conditions. The typical breakfast ration included cracker-like biscuits, a canned meat or egg spread, a dried fruit or cereal bar, instant coffee, chewing gum, and a small pack of cigarettes with matches.
Quantity 2 items
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 3 3/4 inches height
7 inches width
13/4 inches depth
Nomenclature k-ration
Materials miscellaneous media
Creation Issued by: United States, Army, Medical Hospital Ship Platoon (Separate), 560th
Subjects Used by: Kulenkamp, Wendal Jerome
Used in: World War II
Military. 1939-1945 (World War II). Equipment & Supplies
Dates Use: Not earlier than 06/14/1941 - Not later than 12/15/1944 (Dates of Kulenkamp's U.S. Army service.)
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 2001.2.3.A,B (Accession Number)

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