Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past year. While this normally takes place at a family home, for many Veterans, Thanksgiving was celebrated in a foxhole, a submarine, flying combat patrols over enemy territory or wherever they hung their Kevlar at night.
Deployed Servicemembers might not be able to be home for the holidays, but often go to great lengths to bring the holidays to them, even if its just for one meal.
Last week we asked you to share your deployed Thanksgiving pictures and stories with us. Below are some of what was shared with us on email and on Facebook. Please continue to share your deployed Thanksgiving stories with us in the comments.
The VAntage Point staff wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for your service!
Dan Burke of the 2nd ID 3rd SBCT 1-23 Inf. B Co. celebrates Turkey Day 2009 in Iraq. Photo by Nathan Marques.
Anthony Schmiedeler: “I spent two Thanksgivings in Fallujah and they weren’t bad at all. You had your brothers to the left and right which might as well be family. And the leadership did everything they could to give us a proper Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. I’m grateful.”
The Navy cooks made sure Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were extra special back in the 60s, and we did have our buddies that were just as homesick to share that, too! I SURVIVED!”
Valerie Boyle O’Connell: “I spent many Thanksgivings away from home, either state side or overseas. Sure, it wasn’t like home, but you make the best of the situation and enjoy it with others in the same situation as you are. I always enjoyed spending them with my military family!”
Thanksgiving 2012, Kandahar, Afghanistan: HM2 Reyes submitted this photo of the surgical techs for the main operating room, MMU Role 3, and told us, “These photos were taken on Thanksgiving Day. We had a tech volunteer to stand the watch for 24 hours and couldn’t have dinner with us so we brought dinner to him. We didn’t mind having Thanksgiving dinner in the hospital just as long as we all had dinner together. That’s what camaraderie is all about.”
Brian Steere: “It sucks, horrible food, you miss your family, and although you’re proud to be there, the conditions you’re under usually suck too. Overseas a holiday is just like any other day.”
Richard Palmieri: “I spent two in Iraq. The guys next to me are more family than my family. The chain of command did everything to give us a great meal. It was probably some of the best Holiday memories I have. Good times.” Read More