Thanksgiving World War II

Some impressions and stories of Thanksgiving during World War II.

American soldiers in Paris are shown leaving the famous Notre Dame Cathedral after a special Thanksgiving Day service. November 23, 1944.

Sgt. Bill Murphy Jr. (Perryville, Kentucky) shares his Thanksgiving turkey with a small Italian girl on the 5th Army front in the San Marcello Pistoiese Area, Italy.

To you, America—a Thanksgiving day celebration.
A view of one section of the vast audience gathered for the celebration at the Royal Albert Hall. November 24, 1944.

Italy. A Thanksgiving service is being held beside one of the ruined bridges across the Volturno river. Photo by Capt. Knight. November 1943.

Thanksgiving menu from the escort carrier USS Wake Island. November 25, 1943 (US Navy)