Skip to comments.The FReeper Foxhole - Happy Thanksgiving Everyone - November 24th, 2005
Posted on 11/23/2005 9:54:13 PM PST by snippy_about_it
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World War Two Voices from the Front
Bill Sykes of Plymouth, Combat Engineers and then 1095th Engineer Utility Company, Command SoPac, US Army Engineers 1942-1945 :
"My first Thanksgiving, that was kind of a sad thing for me, being away from home and being young and not being with my family for Thanksgiving, missing the football games. And having no Thanksgiving -- we had no Thanksgiving. They attempted to do it in a field kitchen, but what can you do in a field kitchen? After that first Thanksgiving, though, they put on some beautiful meals. They had everything you could think of for Thanksgiving dinner. They really made a big effort to do it the proper way. We would find out who had the best dinner. And the Navy had the best dinner, I'll tell you right now. The Navy had really good Thanksgivings. They had the ships, you know. And they'd bring in all kinds of food. But the Army did pretty good, too.
"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!"
Cliff Sampson of Plymouth, US Navy 1942-1945 :
"My first military Thanksgiving was in 1942 at Great Lakes. We had a big mess hall and it was a typical Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixings, apple pie and mince pie. They tried to make it special and, of course, everybody was hepped on the war. Just being a little recruit, you didn't have much to say about it anyhow, you just did what they told you and ate what they gave you. But it was good food, I can't complain. Some of the food probably was better than a lot of people ever had before they were in the service. Some people came from poverty...
"Thanksgiving 1945 I was home in Plymouth with my family and my wife. We were getting ready to settle down and I was back to work, running the store again. It was a great feeling to be home, after being blown up on a ship in July (the USS YMS 84 yard mind sweeper was blown up 3 July 1945, Cliff Sampson received the Purple Heart) and then in November, I'm out of the service and the war is over. I feel sorry for all those that didn't come back. It was a great experience, but it's too bad for those who had to leave us. They fought for a great cause."
Bill Shepard of Plymouth, 102 Infantry Division ("Ozark Division"), U.S. Army, stationed in Ohio, Germany and Wales :
Thanksgiving Dinner Two Ozark infantrymen, Pfc William G. Curtis from San Diego, California, and Pfc Donald R. Stratton from Colville, Washington, enjoy a hasty meal in the battered window of a shell-torn house far, far from home. 23 November 1944. Waurichen, Germany.
"The Armed Forces were absolutely adamant about getting the troops a Thanksgiving dinner, all over the world, no matter who you were or what you were doing. Whether it was on the front lines or in a big fort like Sam Houston in San Antonio, they always made sure that the Armed Forces got a Thanksgiving dinner. Christmas meals were also somewhat like that, but I remember the Thanksgiving dinners -- there were always turkeys and pies and everything you would have at home. The food was often cold, if you were in the field (Thanksgiving Day 1944, the Ozark Division had just broken through the Siegfried Line at Aachen), but it was Thanksgiving."
Stanley Collins, US Navy :
Thank You, and Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours
You're welcome. Love your speed boat pics. As a child, many moons ago, we used to watch the speed boats race in Ohio. Cool.
Where at in Ohio... Dayton?
Happy Turkey day with all the dressing and fixens.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Our country has so many things to be thankful for this year.
Our military is SECOND TO NONE!!!!! (Thank you TROOPS!)
We're WINNING in Iraq!!!!
The economy is BOOMING!!!
The democRATS are LOSING!!
FORMER senator DASSHOLE is deeply SADDENED!
Ah, yes! So much to be thankful for ..... :)
Have a GREAT Thanksgiving, kids, and a safe holiday!
No, Columbus. They used to race them on the Olentangy and Scioto rivers.
I haven't raced since 1998, but from 1989 thru 1998 I traveled the country racing at every event I could possibly make. In 1992 I was world champion in my class in the USDBA (United States Drag Boat Asso) and a 4 time High Points Champ in the DVBRC on the east coast from 1990 thru 1994
"Roast in a slow own (200-250 F. -- 18 to 20 counts)."
I remember being told that before I was born and before oven thermometers existed the cook would get the wood burning right, coals correct, and then test the oven temperature by opening the oven door and sticking in their hand while counting up how long they could leave there hand in there. These weren't seconds because people didn't use seconds until accurate clocks were readily available. A "slow" oven was the temperature when you pulled your hand out slow, and a "fast" oven was when you had to pull your hand out fast.
The same technique is used today to check heavy machinery temperatures though we use seconds nowadays. Four seconds is about 115 degrees Fahrenheit. At 140 degrees you can press your finger for about a half second. I mean, you don't burn yourself or anything like that. The sensation changes from "warm" to "hot" and you take your hand off.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Especially to our people on the sharp end.
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Happy Thanksgiving from EGC of Southwest Oklahoma.
I want to say thank you to each of you out there reading FR today!
It's so great to wake up each day and read your thoughts on things happening in the world. The thoughtfulness and intellect of my fellow FReepers has carried me through the past 5 years in dealing with the Leftist infection that infests our great nation. Y'all help reinforce the strength I get from my family to for forth and debate important issues with the lefties I have to deal with every day.
And more and more those debates end with a hushed retreat on their part. Heck, I've gotten so much ammo from FReepers for my Chavez debates alone in the post two months that the folks I discuss this with usually end up not being able to make eye contact by the end of the discussion. You've helped me SHAME the left, and that is no small feat!
Anyway, that's one small example for my gratitude to FReepers. JimRob and JohnRob and their clan have done a great thing for our nation in establishing this forum. I won't even go into the theraputic aspects of FR, suffice to say that it's a virtual home for me.
Yeah, sure I mouth off too much, get my avatar involved in one too many flame wars and stuff. Yet I'm always up for a late evening Troll-B-Q with a few thousand of my fellow FReepers. Yes, FR is a treasure to me, as are all of you.
So here's to wishing all of you a wonderful, family filled, joyous Thanksgiving. All the best to you and yours! Cheers, Salud, Saude...how ever you want to say it!
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
Good Thursday morning to everyone from Texas.
Happy Thanksgiving to one & all.
Thanks to all our vets & all our active duty military across this globe.
Good morning every one, I pray God's blessing fall on every one here, our Troops, GW and our country.
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