The Journey Continues:

A C-124, Globemaster in flight.

Thanksgiving on board a C-124

My journey this week takes me to Thanksgiving and the holiday meal with a real “flying turkey story.” Last year in my column I shared a special holiday meal menu for Thanksgiving while assigned to Republic of Vietnam, and a reader, Master Sergeant(ret) Bobby L. Bryant, contacted me about a “special in-flight Thanksgiving meal” he was served on a C-124, Globemaster, while flying to St. John, Newfoundland in 1954. No matter the situation or location – consistent with military policy – the Armed Forces strives to provide a memorable Thanksgiving meal to American troops worldwide. The hundred troops on board, while seated in canvas bucket seats, were issued a boxed meal consisting of the traditional feast and a printed menu. The following is the menu he saved from 1954:

Westover Air Force Base, Thanksgiving 1954

It may seem that, in view of the little they possessed. The pioneer founders of our beloved country had little for which to be thankful. However, by offering their thanks to God, their faith made their little possessions grow great enough to form foundations for the most bountiful country on earth. Learning from their proven wisdom, let us on this Thanksgiving Day, count our blessings. Gratitude, giving thanks = a most ennobling virtue of man’s nature.

A Happy Thanksgiving Day to you all,

Clinton C Wasen Colonel, USAF Commander

More on Master Sergeant Bobby L. Bryant, who has had an interesting journey. He was drafted from Oklahoma in 1954 and retired from the United States Army Reserves in San Marcos in 1989 after 35 years of service. For fourteen years, he was load master on C-124 “Globemaster” planes. He has been a great collector of archives, memorabilia and journals recording his personal journey. He has been married 62 years to his wife, Helga, and they have two sons and one daughter – all graduates of Southwest Texas State University, or Texas State University today. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 What are you thankful for? Who have you thanked? I am thankful that after 35 years of serving our country, Bobby and Helga Bryant are part of the San Marcos community.

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