Civil War

On the first official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863 Union troops took a break from the fighting to enjoy an actual sit-down dinner.

World War I

Head table with guests at the Thanksgiving dinner with the First Regiment, U.S. Naval Training Camp, Charleston, South Carolina, c. 1917

World War II

WWII Thanksgiving dinner, Italy, 1944
USMC Lieutenant Colonel W. W. Stickney preparing to cut a Thanksgiving holiday cake with a captured Japanese sword, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. 26 November 1942.

Korea War

Thanksgiving in Korean War
President Eisenhower Eats With Troops During Korean War

Vietnam War

Global War on Terrorism

Those who get to eat their turkey in the comfort of a dining facility are relatively lucky. Here soldiers are assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade sit down for dinner at Combat Outpost McClain in 2012
Sailors give thanks before enjoying their Thanksgiving meal aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)
U.S. Marines giving thanks

Featured Image: Admiral William Halsey having Thanksgiving dinner with the crew of battleship USS New Jersey, his flagship, 30 November 1944.