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  • Living on a naval base we didn't have an ice cream truck, we had a gedunk truck that drove through the neighborhood. "GEDUNK" was spelled in colorful block letters on the side of the truck. From the truck we could buy soda pop (all flavors), candy and gum. There may have been other snacks as well - packaged bakery treats, chips, things like that.

    August 5, 2009

  • "Some topped off the rather uninspired mean with a visit to the ship's soda fountain down on the second deck on the port side for one of those large scoops of ice cream in a paper cup generously smothered with thick syrup and chopped nuts—a dish known to all Navy men as a gedunk."

    —Thomas Helm, Ordeal by Sea: The Tragedy of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, 1963 (New York: Signet, 2001), 20

    November 12, 2008