At Thanksgiving, I often like to post old menus from events held on naval ships or in naval hospitals from times past. This year I was intrigued to read an article in a local news source explaining just what it takes to feed sailors a Thanksgiving meal in 2017. Apparently, for ships, a head count is determined in September, and the food is ordered 21 days in advance. All that so turkeys can go into the ovens at 3AM on Thanksgiving Day to ensure that lunch begins at 11AM! And just like at home, sailors even get left-overs later in the day.
Imagine, this year the Navy is feeding 324,000 men and women around 89,000 pounds of turkey, 17,000 pounds of stuffing with 15,000 pounds of gravy! That makes, a Happy Navy Thanksgiving!
Since the article referenced above concerns Hampton Roads and the USS George H.W Bush, I’m including a menu from the US Naval Hospital in Hampton Roads, Virginia from 1918. While turkey and cranberry sauce were/are staples of Thanksgiving then and now, I doubt sailors today will be treated to cigars and cigarettes at the end of their meals as they were in 1918!!!
Surely the US Navy is much healthier today.
I hope all members, friends and family of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine have a lovely Thanksgiving. It’s a great holiday shared by people of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds throughout the nation. Thanksgiving gives us all time to be introspective and reflect on life’s blessings.
Let me conclude by saying that the Society for the History of Navy Medicine and the board members of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine would like to thank you, our members, for your wonderful support.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving
Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D., Executive Director, Society for the History of Navy Medicine