Christmas Celebrated – WWII

For our WWII troops serving far from home, the celebration of Christmas was met in various ways…poignant packages from loved ones, a traditional meal, the decoration of a tree, and carols sung across the globe. 

CHRISTMAS – ARMY STYLE 
Pennsylvania soldiers, Co. B of the 10th Regiment, singing Christmas carols around the tree
Camp Lee’s Quartermaster Replacement Center
Camp Lee, Virginia
December 1941
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Fort Leonard Wood Chapel
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Christmas time, WWII
U.S. Army Center of Military History

CHRISTMAS – ARMY STYLE
The guard of honor stands on each side presenting arms to the Christmas visitor
Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center
December 1941
U.S. Army Center of Military History

 

CHRISTMAS – ARMY STYLE
Panzer “Santa” with well-filled sack of radios, books, cookies, and other gifts dear to soldiers’ hearts,
glides up to the door of the barracks in Camp Lee’s Quartermaster Corps.
Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center
December, 1941
(Courtesy of U.S. Army)

Santa arriving by tank instead of outdated sleigh via M.3. Tank of 1st Tank Group.
Sgt. Hiram Prouty, member of 175th Infantry, playing Santa for British children
5 December, 1942
U.S. Army Center of Military History

 

General view of the speakers platform at the Christmas exercise, in the court of the Pentagon Bldg.
Arlington, Virginia
24 December 1942
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Sitting around a miniature Christmas tree and opening Christmas packages
(front row, left to right) S/Sgt. John F. Suchanek and Pfc. Joseph G. Pierro
(back row) Sgt. Charles M. Myrich and Sgt. Leon L. Oben
All are members of F. A. Bn., 3rd Division
Pietramelara, Italy
December 16, 1943
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Two U.S. Army infantrymen of the 84th Training Command decorate a Christmas tree
in the cellar of a home in Geilenkirchen Heinsberg
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
December 1944
Photo courtesy of Anton Pihlstrom, U.S. Army Center of Military History

Pvt. Walter E. Prsybyla, 2nd Infantry Division, addresses Christmas cards to the folks back home.
B Btry, 37th FA, 2nd Inf. Div., FUSA
Heckhalenfeld, Germany
30 November 1944
U.S. Army Center of Military History

U.S. Soldier Carolers Circle Globe
The Christmas spirit is universal, the traditions unchanging even in the midst of war.
Where American troops are found in the world, Christmas Carols will be heard in joyful hymns.
In Iceland – “O, Come Ye, O Come Ye, To Bethlehem”
Christmas 1942
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Sgt. Joseph H. Kadlec approaches crossroads leading to Roetgen and Stolberg, Germany,
loaded with his first batch of Xmas packages to be delivered for the troops.
Kadlec belongs to an infantry unit bivouacked nearby
14 November 1944
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Pfc. Edmund Dill opens the Christmas package received from his wife and his buddies share the treat.
Left, Pfc. Carl Anker; Right, Sgt. Ted Bailey. ETO
18 November 1944
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Pfc. George E. Neidhardt, 9th Army in Germany, opens a holiday package sent from home.
December 1944
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Bundles from America for soldiers in the field with Field Artillery Unit in Germany.
Holding Christmas packages are, left to right:
Pfc. W.J. Kessler, Pfc. J.L. Proffitt, Pvt. B. Narter, Cpl. T.J. Barnewski, and Pfc. J. Stoll
26 November 1944
U.S. Army Center of Military History

U.S. Soldier Carolers Circle Globe
The Christmas spirit is universal, the traditions unchanging even in the midst of war.
Where our American troops are found, Christmas Carols will be heard in joyful hymns.
In India – “Come and Behold Him, Born the King of Angels”
Christmas 1942
U.S. Army Center of Military History

A Christmas Eve congregation at Midnight Mass in a theatre in Trinidad, B.W.I.
 Dockside, Trinidad
24 December 1941
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Sgt. Edward F. Good feeds his buddy a leg of Christmas turkey for Pfc. Lloyd Deming.
Both are casualties at the 2nd Field Hospital
(San Jose, Mindoro, PI)
25 December 1944
U.S. Army Center of Military History

One of the most successful Christmas decorations was this ward of a hospital.
With the help of nurses and mobile patients, it was designed and trimmed, including a tree.
Iceland
25 December 942
U.S. Army Center of Military History

In Memory of American Veterans

Who Valiantly Served in WWII

Soldiers, perched atop their hut embankment, serenaded passers by with Christmas Carols
Camp Hickham, Iceland
24 December 1942
U.S. Army Center of Military History

In Appreciation and Gratitude

25 December 2021

 

 

About Karen Evans

Advocate For Honoring Military Service
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10 Responses to Christmas Celebrated – WWII

  1. Mike Sinnott says:

    Merry Christmas from a warm and humid Mauritius Is. 80F

  2. GP says:

    Magnificent post, Karen!!

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