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U.S. Soldiers Overseas Celebrate Thanksgiving in Style

November 28, 1985

FRANKFURT, West Germany (AP) _ Hundreds of U.S. soldiers celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday with turkey and all the trimmings served up by a prize-winning Army cook in Frankfurt.

The meal prepared by Sgt. 1st Class Bobby Cox of Orlando, Fla., was one of dozens provided by the U.S. military throughout West Germany for American soldiers and their families.

Last month, Cox won first prize for ″culinary excellence″ from an Army panel set up to perk up military meals.

Cox was fully up to the task on Thursday when hundreds of soldiers filed into Drake Barracks in the bustling city of Frankfurt.

He said that he and a crew of 26 people worked 24 hours to prepare for serving up to 600 hungry troops.

″We worked through the night in shifts to put all this together,″ Cox said.

The menu included 37 delicacies such as roast turkey and duck, baked ham, breaded shrimp, wild rice, buttered corn, gravies, a choice of dressings and salads. And for dessert - pumpkin pie, pecan pie and ice cream among other treats.

″This is the day that we’ll see most of the families,″ 1st Lt. Ben P. Meredith, officer in charge of the dining hall, said. ″It’s our biggest day of the year for celebrating together, even bigger than Christmas.″ Meredith is from Youngstown, Ohio.

Spec. 4 David Hill, of Campbell, Calif., who took a break from guarding a communications tower outside of Frankfurt to celebrate Thanksgiving, said the food was ″really good, almost as good as Mom’s.″

″You can see they put a lot of work into it,″ Pfc. Donald Losordo of Hingham, Mass. said. ″I think it’s a good Thanksgiving, even though we have to work.″