Thursday, December 24, 2009

I Wonder What They Had This Year

I just had Christmas Eve dinner.  I thoroughly enjoyed delicious ham, hot cheesey potatoes, green beans with bacon...  you know, the works!  Of course, lots of discussions, loud laughs and some serious and not so serious looks over to the kiddie table where they were kind of minding their manners.  My 80 year old father, Bob Faulkner, left the table saying "speaking of dinner..."  and came back with something rather interesting. 

He had with him, the Thanksgiving Day menu for the troops, while he was serving in the Korean War, November 27, 1952.   What was served at Thanksgiving was also served for Christmas dinner.  After a brief funny story about my father getting ill on 10 year old military apricots in a rations box, burning down his pup tent and spending 3 weeks in the military hospital with pneumonia, on Thanksgiving... we all took a look at the documents.  It was comforting to see the intentional effort made at keeping the meals as down home All American as possible.   I think you'll agree, it's a good looking menu.  Keep in mind, they made this traditional American feast, while based in Korea.

Here are the cooks and Mess Steward for the dinner...

I can't help but wonder what they are having for Christmas this year.  Merry Christmas to our Troops and of course, to you.

1 comment:

Leigh Chandler said...

God bless your Dad! Wow, that is a meal fit for kings, especially under the circumstances! I can only hope that our dear soldiers today would have it so good! Thanks for sharing such a great story!