On this day: a Thanksgiving dinner at the Marine Barracks

US Thanksgiving Day fell on the 28th of November in 1918. The Marine Barracks at Fort Mifflin hosted a Thanksgiving dinner that evening.

This is the menu for the dinner, which included oyster soup, dressing and crackers, minced pie, creamed corn, and cigarettes and cigars on offer at the end. On either side of the menu are the names of the Marines at the barracks.

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On this day…

American Civil War veteran Joseph Dutton, who fought for the Union in the 13th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, photographed on the 27th of November, 1919.

This was Thanksgiving Day in the United States in the year 1919.

Following the war, Dutton went on to convert to Catholicism and work as a missionary in Molokai, Hawaii.

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On this day: a Thanksgiving festival in an internment camp

Halfway through the Second World War, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States joined the conflict, American citizens and legal US residents of Japanese descent were moved to internment camps for the remainder of the war.

Construction of the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona began in May 1942.

A few months later, in the same year, the camp hosted a Christian service and then a Harvest Festival parade on Thanksgiving Day. The holiday fell on the 26th of November that year.

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