When Miranda Morley Shumate found out that her son, Private First Class Morley Setliff and his unit out of Fort Drum, New York would be coming to Fort Polk, Louisiana for three weeks of training, she made it her mission to cook a meal for all 150 members in his company.
After days of prepping, 12 hours of cooking, Miranda and her family made up 36 gallons of gumbo.
She recalls one of the best moments she watched unfold was PFC Setliff telling his great grandfather, WWII Navy veteran Richard S. Morley that he wanted to follow in his footsteps and how proud it made his ‘paw paw’. Miranda was more than happy to feed the troops.
“That’s how we show love and appreciation and support,” she said.