Images of service members during the holiday season, from 1895 to today.
A Christmas feast prepared for members of "H" Company , 2nd Cavalry stationed at Fort Wingate, New Mexico in 1895. Photo: USAMHI. Caption: U.S. Army.
Enlisted members of an unidentified US Army Unit , noted only as "Company "C" , celebrate at a Christmas dinner in 1900. Photo: USAMHI. Caption: US Army.
General John J. Pershing and President of the United States Woodrow Wilson (seated center) at a Christmas dinner with the 26th Infantry Division and various French and American officers in Montigny, France in 1917. Photo: USAMHI. Caption: USArmy.
Christmas mail arrives for U.S. Soldiers during World War I, at Bruvans, France, 1917. Photo: U.S. Army Center of Military History. Caption: U.S. Army.
"Peace. Your Gift To The Nation. A Merry Christmas.", ca. 1917 - ca. 1919. Image and caption credit: National Archives.
President Wilson receiving Christmas token from French boys after having inspected billets of 26th Division. Sarrey, Hte. Marne, France. Dec. 25, 1918. Photo and caption: U.S. Center for Military History.
CHRISTMAS - ARMY STYLE - The panzer "Santa", with well-filled sack of radios, books, cookies, and other gifts dear to soldiers hearts, glides up to the door of the barracks in Camp Lee's Quartermaster Corps and it isn't hampered by lack of snow in Virginia. Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center. December 1941. Photo and caption: U.S. Center for Military History.
A 1942 Santa arriving by tank instead of outdated sleigh. Sgt. Hiram Prouty playing Santa for British children. Dec 5, 1942. Perham Downs, England. M.3. Tank of 1st Tank Group. Sgt. Prouty, member of 175th Inf. Photo and caption: U.S. Center for Military history.
Pfc. Lyle School and Pfc. Lawrence W. Miller made this bullet Christmas card for "Dear Adolph", somewhere in England. December 5, 1942. Tidworth, England, 175th Inf. Photo and caption: U.S. Center for Military History.
Pfc. Edmund Dill opens the Christmas package received from his wife. His buddies share the treat. Left, Pfc. Carl Anker; Right, Sergt. Ted Bailey. ETO, 11/18/44. Photo and caption: U.S. Center for Military History.
Red Cross field men preparing to ship gift boxes to servicemen fighting on Leyte and other islands in the Philippines. Efforts are being made to assure each man a gift package on Christmas Day. New Guinea, November, 20, 1944. Image and caption: National Archives.
25 Dec 1944. Sgt. Edward F. Good feeds his buddy a leg of Christmas turkey, Pfc. Lloyd Deming. Both are casualties at the 2nd Field Hosp, (San Jose, Mindoro, PI) . Photo and caption: U.S. Center for Military History.
Alerted GIs of M-51 Anti-aircraft Battery are silhouetted against German sky streaked with vapor trails from allied and enemy planes engaged in Christmas Day dog-fight. Near Puffendorf, Germany.: 12/25/1944. Image and caption: National Archives.
"Christmas Mailing Time!", 1941 - 1945. Image and caption: National Archives.
Men of Co "B", 4th Signal Bn, X US Corps, prepare to decorate the Christmas tree at Bn HQ. Korea. 11 December 1951. Photo and Caption: Center for Military History.
Men of Co "F", 9th Inf Regt, 2nd U.S. Inf Div, enjoy their Christmas Day dinner at CO HQS, Korea. 25 December 1951. Photo and Caption: Center for Military History.
Fort Campbell, Ky. Santa Claus (Sgt Robert Youmans, Advanced Airborne School) lands at Fort Campbell. 16 Dec 1963. Photo and caption: Center for Military History.
Vietnam, 1970: Santa Claus talks with a group of hospital patients during the Bob Hope Christmas Show. Photo: Center for Military history. Caption: U.S. Army.
2004: Army Maj. Gen. Eric T. Olson, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76, talks to soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment on Christmas Day in Waza Khwa, Afghanistan, following a patrol through several nearby villages. Photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhen, USA . Caption: U.S. Center for Military History.
Sgt. Anthony Ward, dressed in the Santa suit, and 1st Lt. Philip Vrska, in the Christmas package, bring some holiday cheer to a 5K "Jingle" race sponsored on Camp Ramadi, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2008. While the festive pair didn't place in the field of 64, they did complete the entire run in costume. Photo Credit: Sgt. Emily Suhr . Caption: U.S. Army.
Santa Claus (Lt. Jon Sunderland) directs aircraft movement during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz Christmas Day. Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a routine deployment to the region. Operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil / Released) Caption: DVIDSHUB.
Dec. 19, 2010: Christmas lights shine at night to decorate the flight deck of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Dec. 19. George H.W. Bush was decorated by it's many sailors in remembrance of the holiday season. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg) Hat tip to Doug Kenney for bringing this one to CommandPosts' attention.
12/25/10: Sgt. Brendan Owen (from left), lead guitarist with the division band, 25th Infantry Division, United States Division – Center and a Tulsa, Okla., native; Staff Sgt. Kristopher Boltinghouse, rhythm guitarist and a Hannibal, Mo., native, Staff Sgt. Christopher Stone, lead singer and a Salem, Ohio, native, and Spc. Jonathan Crane, bass player and a Hartford, Conn., native, entertain troops with their finale Dec. 25 during a holiday concert at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Photo and Caption: DVIDSHUB.
12/25/10: Gen. James F. Amos, 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, pins Cpl. Kevin B. Walker of Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, with the Purple Heart medal during an award ceremony in Musa Qal'eh, Dec. 25. Walker was awarded the Purple Heart after receiving shrapnel and a concussion from an improvised explosive device blast while on patrol. During the ceremony, Amos awarded seven Marines with the Purple Heart and told each of them to be proud to wear such a distinguished award. Amos explained that the Purple Heart is a medal awarded in the name of the President and is the oldest award given. Following the ceremony, Amos spoke to the battalion saying he came to see the Marines on Christmas day, because there is no place he'd rather be than with the Marines of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. Photo and caption: DVIDSHUB.
Santa Claus flies in on an SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 10 during the HS-10 and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 children’s Christmas party sponsored by the First Class Petty Officer Associations from both commands. (Photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda Huntoon). Caption: DVIDSHUB.
12/5/11: Capt. Matthew “C.L.O.W.N.” Krivohlavy, a pilot for Marine Attack Squadron 231, puts on his game face before the squadron’s Christmas-themed Feats of Strength competition in front of their hangar, Dec. 5. Photo: Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
12/17/2011: Soldiers from the 25th Signal Battalion decorate a Christmas tree for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Photo: Sgt. Melisa Foster. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
12/20/11: The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin is decorated with Christmas lights at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Logico. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
12/20/11: The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper is decorated with Christmas lights at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Logico. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
Santa Claus, portrayed by Tech. Sgt. Mike Morris, 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Loadmaster Flight NCO in charge and native of Charleston, S.C., pushes a pallet of fuel onto a C-17 Globemaster III prior to a mission here Dec. 23, 2011. The 816th EAS airdropped 40 pallets of fuel to remote forward operating bases in Afghanistan. The fuel will be used for generators, heaters and vehicles. Morris is deployed from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. Photo: Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon. Caption: DVIDSHUB.
Staff Sgt. Michael Evans, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, checks care packages loaded onto a Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Dec. 25. The Marine Corps helicopter squadron flew thousands of pounds of care packages to infantry Marines at austere combat outposts in Afghanistan on Christmas Day. Photo and caption: DVIDSHUB.
Marines with the Blue Angels and Santa bring toys for a Toys for Tots donation Dec. 3, 2012 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The Marines brought more than $700,000 in toy and book donations on their C-130, ‘Fat Albert,’ from donation points in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. They toys were put onto trucks for distribution to points in the affected New York area. Image: Sgt. Aaron Hostutler. Caption: USMC.