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Do You Know What This Is?

Veteran's will recognize this little tool.

If you're a veteran you probably know what this is.

This is a basic P-38 can opener. They were packed with C rations. The lightweight, tiny, P-38 foldable military can opener was developed by Chicago's Subsistence Research Lab in 1942 in only 30 days. This 1.5-inch tool was designed to open C-Rations during WWII. The “P” may stand for puncture and “38” for the number of cuts it took to go around the can.

They came packed inside the C rations in a small package with a simple 3 step instruction manual how to use a P38 can opener.

Many Marines and soldiers in the field would attach the P38 to a set of dog tags. The P38 had a nickname, "John Wayne" or Little John Wayne they are sometimes called.

When it came time to eat, these little tools were invaluable.

The P38 can opener is best known by field Marines and soldiers, otherwise known as infantry. It's a dirty uncomfortable place to be, but a place where strong bonds between veterans are forged. Many of those memories are eating together. No matter what was going on, everyone has to eat sooner or later.

Would you like a P38?

I give them away free to veterans.

Here's why I give these P38's to veterans.

I want to share a story with you - something that has been going on for many years, giving away P38 can openers to veterans. This tradition began long before my radio show, and it has brought joy to countless service members over the years.

You see, veterans have a special appreciation for these small tools. And I, in turn, have a joyous time giving them away.

My name is Christopher Scott Kunkel (Chris) and I am a Marine combat veteran. far right.

I'm host of the Project Chaos radio show and podcast.

I give out P38's as a way to strike up a conversation with veterans and promote the radio show.

A win, win, something I always strive for. We want to be giving back to the veteran community even if it's in small ways.

Recently, while going through some old items in my garage, I stumbled upon a box I thought was long gone. To my surprise, it was filled with a couple of thousand extra can openers! I couldn't help but think about the potential of these little treasures, sitting quietly in that dusty box.

With the book tour and the radio show gaining momentum, I thought, "Why not spread this joy a little further?"

So, here's my proposition: Would you like to own one of these P38 can openers? They're available and waiting for a new home. More than that, they're a symbol - a small, humble token of appreciation for our veterans.

Feel free to grab one if you'd like. And if you know a veteran who might enjoy this small but meaningful gift, please share this page with them.

This hasn't been easy, but I'd rather do the hard work and do it right.

Semper Fi


My gift to you, no charge, no credit card needed.

You can grab it here.

I do this to honor our legacy as veterans.

I started Project Chaos for one simple reason, to tell the truth about what I saw. I wrote a book, Victory Over Chaos, The U.S. Marines Battle for Khafji.

For over 30 years the truth about what happened there was never told. And it's not what you think. It's far more triumph than tragedy. Everyone who reads it is inspired.

After I finished the book, I was researching famous Marine battles. I found none of them are reported properly and in every case casting a less than positive light on the Marines.

As a Marine I've learned how damaging those lies are. That's because as long as the truth isn't told, the veterans sacrifice of those who came before us was for nothing. Because when we forget history we are doomed to repeat it.

1.3 million veterans have died defending this country. 5 million alive with service connected injuries, and many more that suffer and sacrifice.

Veterans never ask for much, but we deserve the truth be told, our legacy demands it.

While I was waiting for the book manuscript to be edited I got a call asking if I wanted to do a radio show.

I knew right away I had to say yes, and I knew exactly what I was going to do. I am going to interview as many veterans as I can. I am going to expose as many true stories as I can.

It's been a fantastic journey. The very first show was a great success.

You can listen to the replay of the first show HERE. People say I have a natural voice for radio and it's not true. I've been speaking and broadcasting a long time.

I've also written 3 books prior to writing Victory Over Chaos. More details about the books are HERE.

For 250 years now our nations military have delivered a proud legacy. It's an honor for me to be a conduit to proudly share our stories.

It's also an honor for me to do something to help veterans, in word and deed. The P38 is a small reminder of our service.

If you're a veteran and you haven't already I hope you'll grab one.

What is Project Chaos?

Project Chaos has been an exciting journey, and reached many veterans who've appreciated the message.

But it's the interviews that make the show!

We interviewed James Bradley, he wrote the book Flags of Our Fathers. The book later became a movie.

There were 3 shows we did about Iwo Jima.

The first telling what happened at Iwo Jima HERE.

The full interview with James Bradley HERE.

And a follow up with highlights of the interview HERE.


Here's one we did with Teddy Daniels, he was shot in Afghanistan, caught on camera.

Listen to the full interview HERE.


This one is with John Podlaski, a Vietnam veteran and author.

Listen to the full interview HERE. 


There's much more and more coming every week.

All the podcast channels and links are HERE.

Don't miss an interview or a show, sign up for my email list HERE.

One last thing, do you have a story to tell? Because these interviews are veteran to veteran it's a whole new experience. An opportunity to memorialize your service, and something you can share. Every veteran we've interviewed has been amazed and grateful. If you have a story you'd like to tell I'd like to hear from you. And if you're not comfortable telling the story, tell me so I can tell it for you.

You can reach me at

Semper Fi


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