Warriors of the 22d
MEU (SOC) get a taste of Medieval history
Submitted by: 22nd
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Story by Lance Cpl. Kevin R. Reed
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain(Jan. 17,
2001) -- The distinct sound of metal clashing, the blur
of horses storming by, the roar of the crowd, and the smell
roasted chicken, bread, and wine all set the nights
atmosphere. The warriors of the 22d Marine Expeditionary
Unit (Special Operations Capable) filled the stands of the
arena, enjoying the sights, sounds, and especially the
contest of the medieval banquet, here, 17 January.
The tour departed the USS Nassau just after 8pm local time
and made their way through the city and up the mountainside
before passing through the Castle gates. The waiting staff
of the Medieval banquet met the warriors and ushered them to
their ring side seats around the arena.
The seating of the arena was divided into color-coded
sections that sat approximately 50 attendees. Enthusiast sat
in the area that matched the uniform of the knights they
wanted to cheer for during the banquet. Bread and drinks
were waiting at the tables before the show began. The
audience cheered their knight on as the evening progressed.
The feast, a whole seasoned chicken, potatoes, bread, and
wine followed the traditions of a medieval banquet. The MEU
warriors fell into character for the night using their
fingers to consume their meal.
The highlight of the night came, with the arrival of the
main course. In the finale, after defeating all other
contestants, the Black Knight was subdued by his rival the
Yellow Knight. A cross slash to the chest sealed the Black
Knights fate. "It was a little taste of what happened
back then," said Cpl. Wallace S. Hill of the MEU's S-4,
from Farmville, Virginia about the live entertainment and
feast. "I loved the whole chicken that they served
The knights worked their guest into a frenzy with the mortal
combat displayed before their eyes. With one final salute
from the knights, the banquet was over.
Lance Cpl. Vanessa M. Wilson of the MEU Service Support
Group 22, warehouse clerk, from Bridgeton, Mo. said the tour
was, "a blast." "It was well worth the money,
I had a great time."
Petty Officer First Class James A. Maraan, a religious
programmer for the 22d MEU said, "It was pretty
exciting, this was my first time I've seen anything like
that, It was fun supporting our knight. I thought that it
was just going to be fighting, I didn't expect to see all
the different events," said the Ft. Washington, Md.
The tour was brought to the Marines and sailors of the 22d
MEU through the 22d MEU and the USS Nassau's Military
Recreation and Welfare department.
The 22d MEU is in the Mediterranean on a routine six-month
deployment. During their deployment, the 22d MEU will be
visiting many different countries for both liberty and
exercises. The 22d MEU spent a total of seven days in Palma
de Mallorca, Spain.
For more information about what the 22d MEU is doing, visit
their website at http://www.usmc.mil/22meu.