Army veteran Charles Dipprey, a Hometown Hero

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Army veteran Charles Dipprey says he sure is lucky he knows how to cook.

"We was in formation one morning and the captain asked, 'Anybody in this dad-gum bunch can make gravy?'" said Dipprey, 82.

"And I said, 'Yes, I can make gravy.'"

So Dipprey, originally in the Artillery Unit, stepped out of line and into the kitchen.

"He wanted that gravy made pretty often," Dipprey laughed.

And Dipprey said word in the mess hall was his gravy was pretty good.

"Lotta guys come to our section, our cook plant, to eat instead of going to their mess hall where they're supposed to go."

Dipprey was drafted in 1950, during the Korean War. But instead of going to Korea, he went to Germany.

"We were supposed to keep Russia from coming over into Germany and taking it over," he said.

Dipprey says although he was never in the front lines, cooking for 350 men every day for two years wasn't all fun and games either.

"It was a fun time in a way and in a way it wasn't. It was serious business. We had to know where to go and where not to go."

Dipprey says they had to learn how to cook on the go.

"It's pretty neat learning how to cook riding down the road and still cooking."

And many times he says it was in unfavorable conditions.

"You learn how to put the stove together in the dark. If it don't work, you tear it down and fix it until it will work."

So whether in the kitchen or on the front lines, Dipprey knows each soldier has a duty and he's thankful that their service hasn't been forgotten.

"It makes me feel good that they're still honoring us."

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