Personnel of USS LEXINGTON celebrate Christmas with make-shift decorations and a firefighting, helmeted Santa Claus.:
Commemorating The Holidays Through The Years
By John Desselle,
Communication and Outreach Division Naval History and Heritage Command
While most of us are home sharing dinner or opening gifts with friends and family this Holiday Season, it’s important to remember our Sailors and service members are in harms way aboard ships and in places far away from home. Let us take a look back at how our Sailors have commemorated the Holidays through the years.
Sailors sending Christmas greeting aboard the just prior to launching, at the Lake Torpedo Company, Bridgeport, Connecticut. USS S-16 (SS-121),
Christmas lights decorate the battleship at anchor. Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Salvatore Morgano designed the display, which was awarded second place recognition in the naval base lighting contest. USS IOWA (BB-61)
Comedian Bob Hope performs aboard the amphibious assault ship during a United Services Organization Christmas show for sailors patrolling the gulf. The ship is anchored off the coast of Bahrain. USS OKINAWA (LPH-3)
Santa Claus and his helper, US Navy Machinist Mate Third Class Tamera Britton help spread holiday cheer Christmas morning on the mess decks of USS HARRY S. Truman is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the Meditteranean Sea and Persian Gulf. TRUMAN (CVN 75).
era, Sailors having Christmas Dinner at US Naval Station, Great Lakes, Illlinois WWI
Christmas lights illuminate the aircraft carrier while the ship is in port. USS AMERICA (CV 66)
Personnel of celebrate Christmas with make-shift decorations and a firefighting, helmeted Santa Claus. USS LEXINGTON
Sailors and Marines aboard the battleship watch a wrestling match that is being held as part of a Christmas Eve sports festival aboard the ship. The WISCONSIN is deployed to the gulf region for Operation Desert Shield: USS WISCONSIN (BB-64)
These Navy Officers are on the having Christmas dinner in the wardroom in 1918. USS ST. LOUIS
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