Edited by Brig, 17 May 2014 - 12:56 PM.
Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:58 AM
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:07 PM
A while back we collected up all of the Christmas cards in one topic.
Feel free to add onto this one and show us what the soldiers, sailors & airmen of past service feasted upon.
I'll start with the Navy. USS COCOPA (ATF-101) homeported in Pearl Harbor but serving in the Western Pacific and Korean waters.
Thanksgiving November twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred and fifty-two
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:09 PM
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:15 PM
H & S Company, 3rd U.S. Engineers (Then engaged in constructing Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii)
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:20 PM
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:22 PM
The simplicity of this Thanksgiving Day menu, from the tanker O.M. BERNUTH, says much about the setting–a typed carbon copy. The BERNUTH was five days out from it’s destination of Casablanca and that there was a dinner at all seems remarkable. For many of the crew, just being alive was reason for giving thanks. In the Mediterranean, in the same month, American forces had successfully landed in North Africa and were advancing on the Germans. The O.M. BERNUTH sailed to Casablanca and Fedala to deliver tens of thousands of barrels of precious gasoline for the offensive. The men may have recognized that they were contributing greatly to the war effort, but always on their mind was the great peril of each convoy crossing. Would the next be one of no return? In 1942, more than 1600 Allied ships had been lost to the enemy.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:29 PM
Thanks for the addition
Dropping back a few years to the Great War
Troop I 4th United States Cavalry
Schofield Barracks, T.H.
November 29th, 1917
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:37 PM
Let's see what the Redlegs were eating in 1935
Battery C & Battery D Eleventh Field Artillery, Hawaiian Division
Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii
Thanksgiving November 28th, 1935
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:39 PM
Menu (which is quite similar to their 1935 Christmas menu too)
Edited by Salvage Sailor, 28 November 2013 - 09:41 PM.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:42 PM
Roster (has several pages listing the men in both Batteries)
Edited by Salvage Sailor, 28 November 2013 - 09:43 PM.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:46 PM
And the Infantry
Company D 35th US Infantry
Schofield Barracks, T.H.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 10:08 PM
Back to November 15th, 1923 when Schofield Barracks was under construction, this is a very nice and elaborate menu
Headquarters Detachment and Combat Train
1st Battalion, 8th Field Artillery
who dined with
Headquarters Battery, 11th Field Artillery Brigade
Nice rear cover "Aeroplane" photograph of Schofield Barracks
Posted 01 December 2013 - 04:55 PM
Here's a card I received for Thanksgiving in 1977 when I was stationed with the 1st Division in Germany. Unfortunately no menu is listed but as I recall it was the full Thanksgiving fare, and it was very good!
Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:18 AM
Thanks for sharing that Kim, glad you kept it.
To finish off the components of the Hawaiian Division, here's the Air Corps.
This 1936 Thanksgiving Dinner menu is very elaborate in materials and construction to the others I have shown. It has a cover made from heavy cardstock and the flags, eagle and Tom Turkey are fully embossed and colored.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:22 AM
But what is really nice is that this is a photographic menu for the Service Squadron made by their own 11th Photographic Section.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:23 AM
The 75th Service Squadon, Air Corps, was organized at Schofield Barracks in 1930 and attached to the 18th Pursuit Group, the organic Air Corps component of the Hawaiian Division. In 1938 they were redesignated the Base HQ and 18th Air Base Squadron.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:25 AM
Interesting to note that all of the officers leading their sections are pilots.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:27 AM
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