Holiday Meal Delivered To Mississippi Troops - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

12/24/03

Holiday Meal Delivered To Mississippi Troops

Christmas came early for some Mississippi troops in Kuwait and Iraq, all thanks to several local businesses and generous residents. Congressman Gene Taylor just returned home Wednesday afternoon. He brought with him video of his journey that you'll be able to see over the next few days, only on WLOX.

Thousands of pounds of shrimp, catfish and gumbo was airlifted by the military to the war zone. It was unloaded onto a flat bed trailer and delivered to the 1108th AVCRAD in Kuwait.

Taylor said he lucked out and found some local troops to help him fry up all the Mississippi catfish.

"It was absolutely phenomenal. We fed something like 4,000 people. They said it was one of the biggest turn outs at the mess hall ever, once the word spread. Once they decided they were going to let us cook, they just backed off and let us use their kitchen. And it was just phenomenal. We had all the food ready in about three hours, we only had about three hours to cook it, but we had it ready on time. They decorated the mess hall in this kind of Mardi Gras theme with maybe 5,000 Mardi Gras colored balloons. And the guys were really pleased," Taylor said.

After Kuwait, Taylor brought another shipment of food to the 890th Engineers in Iraq. In the coming days, WLOX will air more on the congressman's trip, including messages from our troops in the Middle East.

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