Mission: Turkey! Thanksgiving Dinner by Air
Stressed out for getting ready for Thanksgiving? Imagine being a mess sergeant tasked with cooking and bringing the meal to Special Forces troops in the field.
“November 22, 1966
TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEY ENJOYED BY SPECIAL FORCES IN VIETNAM
(Official U.S. Army film released by the Department of Defense)
A Thanksgiving Day dinner including the traditional turkey and all the trimmings was enjoyed by members of A Detachment, 5th Special Forces located at Xom Cat, thanks to Sergeant First Class Lonnie Mitchell (Supply, North Carolina).
Sergeant Mitchell prepared the tasty repast at the 5th Special Forces Headquarters at Bien Hoa, and the meal was delivered in hot steaming containers by helicopter to the 12 men of A Detachment at Xom Cat in the War Zone D area.
The team at Xom Cat is composed of three officers and nine enlisted men. Their only means of resupply is by air.
Sergeant Mitchell is Mess Sergeant of Detachment C-3, 5th Special Forces.”
Learn more about the mission of providing Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. military, using examples from 111-DD, Filmed News Releases of the Department of Defense, recently digitized by our Motion Picture Preservation Lab and now on the U.S. National Archives’ YouTube Channel!
"Twenty-one year old James R. Gould is the envy of 3,000 crewmembers as television actress Kathleen Nolan singles him out for a song. The young sailor and Bon Homme Richard both celebrated their "coming of age" on November 26. 11/26/1965"
From the series: Miscellaneous Vietnam Photographs, 1958 - 1974
On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, we’ll be featuring your favorite images & documents from his life:
blondesforreagan answered: With his children and many pets at the White House or Camp David
President John F. Kennedy and Family Watch Caroline Kennedy Riding a Horse Named Tex at Camp David, 03/31/1963. Robert Knudsen, photographer.
“At its best, public television would help make our Nation a replica of the old Greek marketplace, where public affairs took place in view of all the citizens.”
-President Lyndon B. Johnson
On this day in 1967, LBJ signed the Public Broadcasting Act (S.1160).
Photo: President Lyndon B. Johnson delivering remarks prior to the signing in the East Room of the White House. November 7, 1967.
Read the full remarks at the American Presidency Project.
-from the LBJ Library
Johnson in Vietnam
After attending a summit in the Philippines with the Heads of State and Government of Australia, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, President Johnson traveled to Vietnam. He visited with U.S. military personnel in Cam Ranh Bay on October 26th.
President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: With General William Westmoreland and the fighting men, 10/26/1966
A telegram from Martin Luther King Jr. to President Kennedy re: the 16th Street Church bombings. Fifty years ago today, four girls - Addie Mae Collins (14), Denise McNair (11), Carole Robertson (14), and Cynthia Wesley (14) - were killed in the attack.
Kitty Kelley, journalist Soledad O’Brien, and Marian Wright Edelman discuss Stanley Tretick’s never-before-published photos of the March on Washington.
Join us on Thursday, September 12, at 7 p.m.
On August 28, 1963, despite searing heat, over 250,000 people from all corners of the country marched on our nation’s capital. In the shadow of the Washington Monument, all the marchers shared the same dream: equality for the nearly 20 million African Americans living in the United States.
This moment in time is recorded by Stanley Tretick’s never-before-published photos of that day, now released in a new book accompanied by author Kitty Kelley’s poignant text. Joining Kelley on stage will be journalist Soledad O’Brien and Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund and March on Washington participant.
The program will include photos projected on screen and vocal performances by Garrick Jordan. A book signing will follow the program. Presented in partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund.
Watch live online at www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives.
Programming for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is made possible by partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives and the generous support of Texas Instruments.
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This 1965 Corvette Stingray was a gift to LBJ’s daughter Luci on her 18th birthday. Unlike most cars manufactured in the sixties, it was equipped with seat belts.
On September 9, 1966, LBJ signed legislation setting new standards for vehicle safety, which included equipping all cars with seat belts beginning in 1968.
-from the LBJ Library
What are you doing for the last official weekend of summer?
The Kennedys made the most of it! Here’s a group of photos from the Kennedy Family’s Labor Day weekend of 1963 in Hyannisport. Click on each photo for more details!
(Please credit Cecil Stoughton/JFK Library for all photos)
Looking back on the March on Washington
The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom might be over, but that’s not the end!
Jump start your research with this overview of records at the National Archives about the March: Rediscovering Black History » Let Freedom Ring!!! Honoring the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom →
Check out James Blue’s monumental 1963 film, ”The March” digitally restored by the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation staff, and now available on YouTube:
The March (1963, Restored)
To mark the 50th anniversary of the The March for Jobs and Freedom, the National Archives’ Motion Picture Preservation Lab completed a full digital restoration of James Blue’s monumental 1963 film. The original negatives assembled by James Blue were scanned and three months were spent restoring defects in the image and enhancing the audio track.
For more information please visit the National Archives Media Matters Blog:
Making the March and Protecting Your Past: The Preservation and Restoration of The March
On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The event included performances by Marian Anderson and Bob Dylan, and speeches from John Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the March, the National Archives Motion Picture Lab completed a full digital restoration of the James Blue’s 1964 film, The March, produced for the USIA. Using Blue’s original negatives, staff restored defects in the image and enhanced the audio track. The film documents the event from its preparations through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
You can view the documentary in its entirety on our YouTube Channel: http://ow.ly/ok5Tr
Do you remember the 1963 march, and do you plan on participating in the 50th anniversary celebrations today?