CP Note: Though this post first ran in 2011, CP will continue to update it to share more images moving forward.)
Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” is a go-to for the traditional Thanksgiving scene. These images are a view of the traditional Thanksgiving scene for servicemembers worldwide.
Thanksgiving cheer distributed for men in service. New York City turned host to the boys in service today and cared for every man in uniform. Underwood and Underwood., ca. 1918. Image and caption credit: National Archives.
Thanksgiving, 1942. Four of Mr. and Mrs. Wayman E. Fincham's six warrior sons return to their home in Silver Spring, Maryland, for Thanksgiving. Five of the brothers joined the Coast Guard and the other enlisted in the Army. The oldest brother is with Uncle Sam's fighting forces overseas, and the youngest is in training. Mr. and Mrs. Fincham proudly display six stars in the window of their home to tell the world their sons are fighting for freedom. Image and caption credit: National Archives.
This somewhat bizarre photo graced the front page of the November 25, 1943, Signal Corps Message; one of the predecessor newspapers to the Monmouth Message. Image and caption credit: CECOM Historical Office.
Photograph of President George H. W. Bush Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner with Troops, 11/22/1990. Image and caption: National Archives.
U.S. Army Soldiers eat their Thanksgiving meal on Combat Outpost Cherkatah, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. The Soldiers are deployed with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment. Photo: Staff Sgt: Andrew Smith. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
Rear Adm. James G. Foggo, deputy commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, serves food to sailors stationed on the Naval Support Activity in Naples, Italy, during a “Taste of Home” dinner sponsored by the Naples-area United Service Organizations and Morale, Welfare and Recreation committee. A Taste of Home provides single sailors who are away from their families for Thanksgiving the opportunity to have a home-cooked meal. The meal was prepared and donated by other service members and their families in the Naples area. Photo: Stephen Oleksiak. Credit: DVIDSHUB.
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan -- An all-terrain vehicle decorated as a combat turkey drives by the flightline as part of a Thanksgiving Day parade Nov. 26, 2009. The combat turkey float was named the first place winner in the judging portion of the parade. It was created by the joint 455th Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility and Task Force Mountain Warrior team. Image credit: Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski. Caption credit: US Air Force.
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan -- An all-terrain vehicle decorated as a turkey manning a turret gun drives by a crowd of spectators as part of a Thanksgiving Day parade Nov. 26, 2009. The float was created by a team deployed from the Defense Intelligence Agency and placed third in the judging portion of the event. Image credit: Tech. Sgt. Joseph Fleming. Caption credit: US Air Force.
Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks (second from right), 1st Infantry Division and U.S. Division-South commanding general, serves a Thanksgiving 2010 meal alongside officers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Camp Delta in southern Iraq. Brooks and other senior leaders of the Big Red One visited 23 dining facilities on 20 posts spread over nine provinces in southern Iraq to spread holiday cheer. Photo: Master Sgt. Matt Howard. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
U.S. Army Sgt. William Billett (right), an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, pins the Purple Heart on the chest of his son, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Billett, a military policeman from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Thanksgiving Day 2010 on Forward Operating Base Finley Shields in eastern Afghanistan. Timothy received the Purple Heart after being wounded when the mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle he was in was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade Aug. 28 in the town of Chaparhar. The first aid he applied to the vehicle's gunner, U.S. Army Spc. Eric Braman, a military policeman also with Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 1st Special Troops Bn., from Lafayette, Ind., helped save his life. Photo and caption: DVIDSHUB.
Chief Petty Officer Paris Dunomes, an independent duty hospital corpsman with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, competes in the "Turkey Trot" 5K held on the flight deck of USS Kearsarge, Thanksgiving day, Nov. 25, 2010. The 26th MEU is deployed aboard the ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility and acting as the theater reserve force. Photo: Lance Cpl. Tyler Logsdon. Credit: DVIDSHUB.
Sgt. Cynthia Filip, a signal support specialist with Company E, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Black Jack," 1st Cavalry Division, speaks on the phone with President Barack Obama, Nov. 24, 2011. The president thanked Filip for her military service and sacrifice to the U.S. Filip is currently deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Photo: Sgt. Quentin Johnson. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
Squad leaders with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment serve soldiers of the company a 2011 Thanksgiving Day lunch at Combat Outpost Chak District Center. Members of the unit had a special delivery from two Black Hawk helicopters that brought them a Thanksgiving Day meal. Photo: Sgt. John Ortiz. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
Carrying his unit's guidon, a soldier leads a trail of soldiers from his unit to the finish line during the 2011 Turkey Trot run on Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. Scheduled to kick off at the same time as the run at Fort Hood, Texas, the 3.1-trek is the unit's yearly Thanksgiving tradition. Photo: Sgt. Marc Loi. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
Lt. Col. James Yates, Camp Eggers' Base Support Group commander, and fellow Thanksgiving Day 2011 volunteer Chief Warrent Officer Doreen Rose take turns serving holiday food to troops. U.S. Navy photo by MC1(SW/AW) Chris Fahey, NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan Public Affairs Leading Petty Officer.
Spc. Alexander Raborn, the designated turkey for the Kabul Satellite Turkey Chase 10K, makes his way around ISAF Joint Command in Kabul, Nov. 27, 2011. Raborn was selected to be "chased" by a variety of coalition runners from throughout ISAF's contributing nations. The race is sponsored by Congressional Bank and is traditionally run in Bethesday, Md., every Thanksgiving. More than 100 runners showed up to brave the wind and rain-soaked roads to complete the 10K. Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Pomrenke. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
USS Makin Islands mascot, aka Chomper, cheers on Marines and sailors serving with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during a Thanksgiving run here Nov. 24, 2011. The unit embarked USS Makin Island, USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor in San Diego Nov. 14, 2011 to begin a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East regions. Image credit: Photo By: Cpl. Gene Allen Ainsworth III. Caption credit: USMC.
Nov. 24, 2011 Share on twitter Share on facebook Share on email Share on print More Sharing Services 0 Capt. Meg Bustin bowls a turkey during a Thanksgiving celebration aboard USS Makin Island here Nov. 24, 2011. Bustin, a Des Moines, Iowa, native, serves as a CH-53E Super Stallion pilot with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Units aviation combat element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced). The unit embarked USS Makin Island, USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor in San Diego Nov. 14, 2011 to begin a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East regions. Image credit: Cpl. Gene Allen Ainsworth III. Caption credit: USMC.
Camp Marmal, Afghanistan -- Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti (left), commander of ISAF Joint Command and Joint Base Lewis-McChord's I Corps, and Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell (right), command sergeant major of ISAF and I Corps, pose with the Thanksgiving Day mascot, Sgt. Brandon Giles (middle), a native of Glenco, Ala., and the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Headquaters Company supply section, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at the coalition dining facility here Nov. 24, 2011. Members of the I Corps command group, met with troops here this Thanksgiving to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication. Image credit: Sgt. Richard Wrigley, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Division Public Affairs. Caption credit: U.S. Army.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Dan Bohmer taking a picture of the sunrise on Forward Operating Base Apache, Afghanistan, on Thanksgiving morning, 2011. Image credit: Lt. Col. Daniel Bohmer. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.