When I was a member of Battery “B”,542d Field Artillery Battalion, 42d Infantry Rainbow Division,during World War II, my Mess Sergeant (Head of food preparation for a designated group of soldiers, sent me a menu copy of the dinner he prepared on December 25, 1943, about 15 years ago.Take note of “Snowflake Potatoes) probably plain mashed potatoes. We enjoyed this great meal when my division was stationed in Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. The Infantry (foot soldiers) of our unit were shipped overseas around December 1944, and my artillery veterans,and other Division units, followed the Infantry in January 1945, arriving in Marseilles,France, January 18, 1945.Our division engaged the Nazis in combat around Strasbourg, France. Our Infantry regiments sustained large losses,when they had to fight the German soldiers without artillery support. Many times the food menus did not resemble the Xmas menus,when we only had C and K rations.
ROAST TURKEY, SAGE DRESSING- GIBLET GRAVY CRANBERRY SAUCE
SNOWFLAKE POTATOES CREAMED CORN BUTTERED PEAS CANDIED YAMS
STUFFED CELERY SWEET PICKLES PLUM PUDDING WITH SAUCE APPLE
PIE ICE CREAM MIXSED NUTS CANDIES ASSORTED FRUITS PARKER
HOUSE ROLLS BUTTER FRUIT PUNCH
COFFEE MILK SUGAR
MESS SERGEANT GEORGE GIANPOLOUS