No doubt the Redhawks, original and wartime, enjoyed their first postwar Thanksgiving 70 years ago and the many since then. And well they should, having served the nation so well in the Second World War.

F-5 China or India 44-45

A 35PRS Lockheed F-5E Photo Lightning makes a low-level pass over a building in Asia, circa 1944. (Courtesy John Brasko, Jr.)

They could probably reflect that theirs was not the first, nor would it be the last, generation of servicemen and women to celebrate a Thanksgiving, in peace or at war. And they probably did well to remember that through it all in their wartime experience, the training, deployment, combat, the heat, the cold, even loss, or return, to “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
On this Thanksgiving Day, 2015, take a look back at how America’s servicemen and women have celebrated Thanksgiving, courtesy of John Clark at the Task & Purpose web log, in his posting “Thanksgiving Through The Years And Wars,” at: http://taskandpurpose.com/thanksgiving-through-the-years-and-wars/
To all who served with the Redhawks of the 123rd Observation Squadron / 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned, or attached, family and friends, a wish for a Happy Thanksgiving! We have much to be grateful for.

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