Thanksgiving – Yesteryear

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TO SHOW MY THANKS TO ONE AND ALL…

For my previous Thanksgiving posts –  CLICK HERE and HERE!

What was seen on the home front  1941-42…

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Thanksgiving during WWII…

They’re celebrating Thanksgiving on this very day,
My thoughts are at home, though I’m far away;
I can see everyone, eating dinner deluxe,
Whether it be chicken, turkey or even duck;
The fellows over here won’t whimper or moan,
They’ll look to the next one and hope to be home.
 
Truly and honestly, from way down deep,
They want you to be happy and enjoy your feast.
These holidays are remembered by one and all,
Those happy days we can always recall.
The ones in the future, will be happier, I know
When we all come back from defeating the foe.

_______Poem by an Anonymous WWII Veteran

Thanksgiving for the troops 1941-42…..

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For those of you who live where there is no official Thanksgiving day – look around – family, friends and life itself is enough to be thankful for this evening and…

TO ALL!

TO ALL!

Click on images to enlarge.

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Thoughts – sw1061122cd_lr

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Military Humor – 

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Will anyone dare wake this soldier?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Paul Baio – Chicago, IL; US Navy, WWIIwpid-de136c4ae41dadc135fe54fad3a65e9c

Warren Dowling – Arcata, CA; US Army, WWII, Purple Heart

Mary Porter Gens – DE & NJ – US WAVE, WWII

James Hatcher – Lynchburg, VA; US Army, WWII, 157th Reg./45th Div., Bronze Star & Purple Heart

Donald Miller – NPalm Bch., FL; US Army, WWII, Captain

Matt Spagnola – Waupaca, WI; US Army, WWII

George Taylor – Lufkin, TX; US Army, WWII

Lloyd Yingling – Hendersonville, NC; US Army, WWII, PTO, Medical Corps

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 27, 2014, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 116 Comments.

  1. hello pacific paratrooper its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy belayted thanksgiving to yoo!!! i like that old style thanksgiving i bet the dog got lots of turkee under the taybel!!! ok bye

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  2. I enjoyed all of the Thanksgiving-related images. They provide a wonderful sense of what Thanksgiving was like in the 1940s.

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  3. Thank you for this post! We all need to be thankful to all those who fought for our liberty! Happy Thanksgiving! Chryssa

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  4. Such a rich post, GP, thank you so much. I really like seeing all the clips of T-Giv in the 40s for troops and folks at home. And the final comic (in the trenches) put everything in great perspective, as your post always does. My best to you and your loved ones for a Happy Thanksgiving. 😀

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  5. Reblogged this on Pacific Paratrooper and commented:

    THREE THANKSGIVING POSTS !!! HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY !!!

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  6. Its great looking at the old pics of soldiers enjoying their Thanksgiving dinner.
    It shows that this faithful tradition was still observed, even when times were at there lowest.
    Cheers
    Ian

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  7. Thank you for the wonderful pictures of Thanksgiving at home and overseas in 1942. I loved looking through them.

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  8. Very much enjoyed, thank you and well compiled.

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  9. Thank you for reminding us (or introducing, depending on the age) of Thanksgiving in a war zone.
    My book group just read The Postmistress, a novel set during 1941. The author calls it a book about war that did not take place on the battlefield. Sometimes a novel brings out the hard reality of war.
    Hope you enjoyed the holiday, and thanks always for never letting us forget. Sharing on my FB page

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  10. A happy belated Thanksgiving !

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  11. Happy Thanksgiving, my dear friend. Thank you for your profound tribute and many stories of brave men and women. Every Thanksgiving I think of my dad who served during WWII. We have much to be thankful for – life is so very good.

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  12. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Thanks to those who have made it possible.

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  13. What a delightful post! Thank you ever so much for putting this all together for us!!! I really enjoyed viewing it. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  14. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    I remember Thanksgiving as one of the days that troops look forward to because the food would be exceptional. I love this post because it reminds us all of the what and who we should be thankful to. ❤

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  15. A wonderful post, thank you!

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  16. Loving the Ronald Reagan shirt ad! Happy Tday weekend! (and Go Ducks!)

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    • Everyone seems to be getting a kick out of Reagan!! This has two days of football – and I’m looking forward to 2 more!! (I agree – GO DUCKS – unless they play Florida St. or Notre Dame!!!) Enjoy, John!!!

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  17. Greta post. I’m learning to share Thanksgiving since my daughter became part of an American family.

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  18. Really nice post! Belated Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you! 😊

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  19. Who was that advertising Van Heusen shirts? I’m surprised he wasn’t away fighting? As always though, an excellent post. And by the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Ronald Reagan did not do combat service. He enlisted in the reserves in 1937 and once the US developed the Army Air Force, he transferred and went to the Public Relations Dept. (military movies, bond drives, etc.) Thanks for stopping in, John.

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  20. I love the perspective your post gives to Thanksgiving. We are so stuffed with the present we forget the past and all it – and soldiers – has given us.

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  21. Those thoughts of Thanksgiving back home, most likely gave the military strength and hope to carry on. We have so much to be thankful for each and every day.

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  22. Wonderful post. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  23. Happy Thanksgiving and thankful for the pictures. My father served from the beginning of the war until the end. He spent many Thanksgivings “over there”

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  24. A happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  25. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your good fam!!

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  26. Happy Thanksgiving, Everett. Love the post and the slideshow and tribute Wish the prices like the turkey for 18 cents were today although I know wages were less. Smiling at Ronald Reagan shirt ads.

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  27. Love the Murphy’s Military Law.

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  28. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  29. gp. Once again HISTORY on the march…..Thanks for a treasure-trove of Thanksgivings pas!!!!!! Enjoyed this maybe because holidays away from home overseas are so special, vivid times in memory & heart. And th US Army REALLY knows how to put on a Thanksgiving spread for the guys!!!!…..even us in Vietnam! I finally have a post of Thanksgiving 1970 in Vietnam for next week when maybe people will slow down to look at it! Thanks so much, gp! And Happy Thanksgiving to YOU!!!!!!! Phil

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    • I thank you so much for your kind words and now I’m REALLY looking forward to your Thanksgiving post, Phil!! I was only on line a few minutes yesterday, so I haven’t been to anyone else’s site yet – but I’m certainly looking forward to it! I appreciate hearing from the past and present servicemen and get a rating as to my effectiveness, thank you.

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  30. Happy thanksgiving, and also my thanks for providing such a wealth of information, and for so many things I still find interesting both for the historical interest, and for the fact I had not known of them before.

    Thank you.

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  31. Oh this is a lovely and great tribute to Thanksgiving, GP Cox!
    We wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, have a wonderful time!
    Dina, Klausbernd and Siri & Selma ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • Thank you so much Dina! I know the Gab Four have much to be thankful for (each other and good friends) and I appreciate you including me in your wishes for the Season. All the best to you and be safe!
      GP Cox ⭐ xxooxxoo

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  32. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, thanks for the great posts this year!

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    • My pleasure indeed!! I am overwhelmed by the response this year and hope I continue to be of adequate service in the future. I had a great day, now it’s back to work….

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  33. So much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving. My dad’s WWII service in the Coast Guard, My Uncle Lester’s in the Marines, Uncles Bob and Harley on their farms and my wife’s dad in the 8th Air Force. We should all remember that it wasn’t that long ago. And a good friend who was in Vietnam thought Thanksgiving was great because they got ice cream flown in. Not to eat, they soaked their feet in it!

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    • I owe you many thanks for your family’s service to this country and hope you have a Holiday Season, both safe and happy, that reflect your pride in your background. If you care to have your veterans listed in the Farewell Salutes, kindly leave their information here in the comments and I will oblige. Many thanks for visiting.

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  34. Really puts it all in perspective and ever the more thankful for the sacrifices they have made for all of us!

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  35. A great post. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  36. Happy Thanksgiving to our friends across the ocean(s).

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  37. Great post, brother. Happy Thanksgiving !

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  38. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving, GP!

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  39. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your Family and Friends. Warm wishes to all … c

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  40. Thank you for the Thanksgiving tribute.

    Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.
    Jose from Clarkston, Michigan

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  41. Thank you for carrying this post to your readers. I’m very grateful to people such as yourself who help others to remember just how much they have to be thankful for!

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