Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday - Thanksgiving 1944 France

You just never know what treasures you'll find when looking through a box of photos.  I was looking for Halloween photos of all things when I came across a few WWII-related documents my father kept and I forgot I had.

Shown here is a wonderful piece of history - a Thanksgiving menu in 1944 France.  The menu was typed on a regular piece of paper with what appeared to be hand-drawn artwork around the borders and a turkey in the center.  It's possible that the original paper only had a typed menu on it and someone decorated it, named and dated it.

Attached to the menu with "scotch" tape was the roster for the 417th Military Police Escort Guard Company.  My father's company.  His name appeared in the right-hand column - Robert M. Hibsch.

  • Is this menu authentic?
  • Why were these two documents attached to each other?  Did my father attach them?  Maybe to signify who ate this meal?
  • Was my father in France in November 1944?  Why would he keep the menu if he wasn't?
  • What is the significance of the dashes next to names on the roster?
I recently obtained some files about the history of the 417th Military Police Escort Guard Company from the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.  I think it's about time to move the review of those files higher on my to-do list! 

The menu looks pretty yummy except for the creamed corn.  No can do on that.  

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

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