In case you're wondering, though, that was a good amount of money in 1944 and is roughly equivalent to what athletes receive today.
A $7 bill in 1944 ("three squares" plus the $1 midnight snack) would be the equivalent of $88.30 in 2011 dollars.
Here's what I found concerning current per diems:
- Major League Baseball, $92.50
- NBA, $120
- NFL, $95
- NHL, $98
What's ridiculous, of course, is that Alex Rodriguez, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth and all of those other athletes with nine-figure contracts are still getting $92.50 per day, too, for their meals.