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Thanksgiving In North Korea During the Korean War

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1950 was probaby the only time an American Thanksgiving dinner was ever held in North Korea:

Chow line for 1950 Thanksgiving dinner of 1st Signal at Hamhung, North Korea during the Korean War.

Chow line for 1950 Thanksgiving dinner of 1st Signal at Hamhung, North Korea during the Korean War.

This Thanksgiving make sure to give thanks to all the veterans out there to include those who fought in incredibly tough circumstances during the Korean War, which is quite evident by this soldier’s letter home to his wife in 1951.

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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  • Teadrinker
    11:17 am on November 26th, 2009 1

    Thanksgiving was over a month ago. ;-)

  • gerry
    12:56 pm on November 26th, 2009 2

    Reminds me of stories I have heard about celebrating the Marine corp birthday at the front. Everyone got to come off the line for a piece of cake. Morale building if only to let them know they weren't forgotten.

  • junior
    12:58 pm on November 26th, 2009 3

    Only for you hosers in the Great White North, eh!

    Hope it was a good one for you as it was for us this month.

    Things were pretty rough that Thanksgiving up in the north. One of my best friends Dad was wounded over in the western area and medevac'd, Capt Desiderio, Easy Co. 27th Infantry (Medal of Honour) was KIA in the same action, 27 Nov 50.

    "At the going down of the sun and in the morning

    We will remember them."

    Lest we forget.

  • gerry
    3:26 pm on November 26th, 2009 4

    You can thank MacArthur and his foolish forey and rush to the Yalu for that.

    Poorly equipped for winter warfare and in a rush to reach the Yalu it became a rapid advance that ignored all intelligence reports that interfered with his quest.

    As a result when the Chinese came out of hiding and entered the war MacArthur and the troops he commanded were outnumbered, unprepared, uninformed and spread apart and suffered needless casualities.

    Yes, it was a very tough November and December.

  • Teadrinker
    6:33 pm on November 26th, 2009 5

    And yet, just a few weeks later: the battles of Chipyong-ni, Wonju, and Kapyong.

  • junior
    7:16 pm on November 26th, 2009 6

    Yanks, Canucks, and French.

    Here's to them.

  • gerry
    12:28 pm on November 27th, 2009 7

    Yes, after MacArthur was replaced by Ridgeway and he held the line. Chipyong-ni, was perhaps a turning point in the war. Awesome courage, leadership and bravery. With no thanks to General Almond.

  • Driftingfocus
    4:37 pm on November 27th, 2009 8

    Wow. That's really amazing to think about! :shock:

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