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Thanksgiving – Then and Now

WWII vs Afghanistan

THEN – WWII

Stanley Collins, US Navy: “I was on submarine duty in the Pacific in the year 1943. We were in the area off the cost of the Philippines. I remember having a complete turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. While the turkeys were cooking, the submarine took a dive. We went down too steeply and the turkeys fell out of the oven onto the deck. The cook picked them up and put them back into the oven — and we ate them, regardless of what may have gotten on them as a result of their fall. That meal was so good!”

Ervin Schroeder, 77th Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion, I Company, US Army: “On Thanksgiving Day, we made our landing on Leyte Island in the Philippines very early in the morning. We therefore missed our dinner aboard ship. Somewhere down the beach from where we landed, the Navy sent us ham and cheese sandwiches. My buddy happened to get one of the sandwiches and brought it back to our area. I was complaining to him for not bringing one back for me when he started to have stomach cramps… At this point, I shook his hand and thanked him for not bringing me a sandwich.”

Bill Sykes of Plymouth, Combat Engineers and then 1095th Engineer Utility Company, Command SoPac, US Army Engineers 1942-1945:

“The Thanksgiving dinners were served on trays. (My first one, with the Combat Engineers, was served in mess kits. That doesn’t work too well.) They had cranberry sauce, stuffing, the whole thing. It was a good meal. But the feeling of Thanksgiving wasn’t there. The meal was there, but the feeling of Thanksgiving wasn’t. I guess you couldn’t have Thanksgiving when you were overseas. There wasn’t much to be thankful for. It was sad. Although, I guess there was some thankfulness, at least you were still alive!”

 

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NOW – 2018

This year, service members received:
— 9,738 whole turkeys
— 51,234 pounds of roasted turkey
— 74,036 pounds of beef
— 21,758 pounds of ham
— 67,860 pounds of shrimp
— 16,284 pounds of sweet potatoes
— 81,360 pies
— 19,284 cakes
— 7,836 gallons of eggnog

“All of [U.S. Army Central Command’s] food, with very few exceptions, has to come from U.S. sources and moved into the theater,” said Sgt. Maj. Kara Rutter, the ARCENT culinary management NCO in charge. “There are also challenges with the quantity of the food that we’re getting. When you talk about buying 23,000 pounds of shrimp, obviously that affects the entire market.

“We also have to ensure we’re respecting our host nations’ cultures. In some countries, we might not be able to serve certain foods because of cultural and religious considerations.”

Soldiers operating in isolated locations will also receive a hot Thanksgiving meal, Rutter added, thanks to food service professionals in the U.S. who prepared a series of “Unitized Group Rations,” which is “basically a meal in a box.”

“Being away from home during the holidays is very difficult,” Rutter said. “There are a lot of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who frankly are away from home for their first Thanksgiving, and they are doing some difficult things.

“We want them to be able to take a minute, take a knee, and eat the same type of food that their families are eating 9,000 miles away, all while thinking of them at the same time.”

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Military Humor and something to think about – 

humor from Afghanistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey will travel

 

“And you were whining about sitting next to Uncle Milt!!”

 

 

 

 

Military turkeys

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Farewell Salutes – 

Richard Arcand – Chelmsford, MA; US Navy, WWII & Korea, Lt.Comdr. (Ret.)

Robert Browning – Cary, NC; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, 194th GIR/17th Airborne Division

Dick Cadic – NJ; US Army, WWII, T-3 Sgt., telegraph

Thomas Fussell – Alamogordo, NM; US Air Force, Vietnam, Lt.Col., fighter pilot

Edward Gould – Christchurch, NZ; RNZ Army # 61449, WWII, 44/8th Army

Norman Kroeger – Hartford, WI; US Navy, WWII, USS New Mexico

Vincent Losada – San Antonio, TX; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, B-17 Bombardier, 487th Bomb Group

Larry McConnell Sr. – Des moines, IA; US Army, WWII & Korea

Walter Shields – Brooklyn, NY; USMC, WWII

Cowden Clark Ward – Fredericksburg, TX; Civilian pilot, founder of “Freedom Flyers”

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Thanksgiving – Then and Now

I wish to express my thanks to each and every one of you !!

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For those of you living where there is no official Thanksgiving Day – look around – family, friends, Freedom and life itself – all enough to give thanks for each day !

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

Please remember the troops that gave you freedom and those that protect it each day !!

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… and please be considerate to those who may not be celebrating…

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Military Thanksgiving Humor – 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Shirley Baltz – Hammonton, NJ; US Navy WAVES, WWII

Sam Cartner – Asheville, NC; US Army Air Corps, WWII, B-24 tail gunner

Edward Ferguson – Petersburg, IL; US Army, WWII, Korea

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William Gray – Kent, WA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, LT., 391/366th Fighter Group. KIA

Charles ‘Hap’ Holladay – Cookeville, TN; US Army Air Corps, WWII, meterologist

Henry Karwas – MI; USMC, WWII, PTO

William Richardson – Ivey, GA; US Army, WWII, 95th Division

Melvin Stone – Portland, ME; US Army, WWII, ETO, 187th Combat Engineers

Mel Tillis – Pahokee, FL; US Air Force

Harold Tor – Huntington Beach, CA, US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Division, Purple Heart

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Thanksgiving

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I wish to express my thanks to each and every one of you !!

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For those of you living where there is no official Thanksgiving Day – look around – family, friends, Freedom and life itself – all enough to give thanks for each day !

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

Please remember the troops that gave you freedom and those that protect it each day !!

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Thanksgiving Humor – 0a4de2cfa2234de501710f319eebbb4c

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Farewell Salutes – 

Elmer Bales – Alliance, OH; USMC, Cpl.

Ray Clontz Jr. – Corvallis, OR; US Army, 11th & 82nd Airborne

Edgar Johnson Jr. – Grand Bayou, LA; US Navy, WWII, CBImediumpic634249020853470000

Harold Irwin – Argos, IN; US Army Air Corps, WWII

William Legault – Coventry, RI; US Navy, WWII, USS Arkansas

Isaiah McGrue – Boligee, AL; US Army, WWII, Korea & Vietnam, 1st Sgt. (Ret.)

John Osika – Port Vue, PA; US Army, WWII

Willie Rogers (101) – St. Petersburg, FL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, 100the Air Engineer Sq., Tuskegee airman

Frank Royal (101) – Colorado Springs, CO; US Army Air Corps; WWII, PTO, P-38 pilot, Colonel

Melvin Smith – Walwick, NJ; US Navy, WWII, sub SSR272 Red Fin

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Thanksgiving – Yesteryear

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!

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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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Thanksgiving Day in 1950’s style

Thanksgiving at home hasn't changed much...

Thanksgiving at home hasn’t changed much…

TO ALL MY FRIENDS, READERS AND CASUAL VISITORS –  

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!

the turkey gets cooked...

the turkey gets cooked…

and we look forward to dessert!

and we look forward to dessert!

Thanksgiving by Rockwell

Thanksgiving by Rockwell

USS Vulcan at sea

USS Vulcan at se

Hockey game - 3rd Princess Patricia's Battalion won 4-2 vs 1st Batt/Royal 22nd Reg.  The matches took place "in the sound of heavy guns of the nearby US Army  artillery"___Vince Courtnay

Hockey game – 3rd Princess Patricia’s Battalion won 4-2 vs 1st Batt/Royal 22nd Reg. The matches took place “in the sound of heavy guns of the nearby US Army artillery”___Vince Courtnay

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anyone with a free minute enjoyed this action

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For Some a Grand Hanukkah 

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FOR EVERYONE OUT THERE — HAVE A GREAT DAY!

and everyone gets stuffed...

and everyone gets stuffed…

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Two items for our veterans…

two stories for our veterans and volunteers

two stories for our veterans and volunteers

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Farewell Salutes – 

Purple Heart

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Alfred Bosland – Woodhaven, NY & Delray Bch., FL; US Navy, WWII, Purple Heart, PTO

Wayne Boswell – Okeechobee, FL; US Army, Vietnam

David Jeremiah – Ft. Myer, VA; US Navy, Admiral (Ret.), VChairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, CO Pacific Fleet, Cruiser Destroyer Group 8, Destroyer Squadron 24 & CO USS Preble (DDG-46)

Charles Norton, Jr.; Quincy, MA; US Army, MSgt., Korea

Lenard Kramer – Los Angeles, CA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, B-17 navigator

Kathryn Kurka – Custer, SD & Los Angeles, CA – US Army nurse, WWII, India & Burma, 73rd Evacuation Hospital

Martin Reinis – Santa Monica, CA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, B-17 pilot

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Personal note – 

I apologize for the disorganization in this post – the format would not cooperate today – perhaps it is on holiday as well.  Thank you for coming by.

For another great site – before you make your first toast of the day – http://dshenai.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/interesting-insightful-toasts-for-thanksgiving/

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Thanksgiving – then and now

To all the service men and women, both past and present, who made this Thanksgiving possible.  We owe you a debt of Thanks that can never be repaid.

Sights in the newspapers on the home front…

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