Lester’s memory book included an engraved menu card for the dinner served to Navy personnel on November 20, 1941.
Inside, beside a list of officers–commanding officer, executive officer and commissary officers–was the menu for the day.
Cream of Tomato Soup with saltine crackers
Roast Tom Turkey
Baked Spiced Ham
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Hearts of Celery
Neapolitan Ice Cream
Hot Sweet Rolls
Perhaps Lester mailed this menu home after the holiday to prove how well the Navy was feeding him and the other sailors.
It sounds like a delicious dinner, with much to reflect on the blessings of the previous year. Little did anyone know that before another month was out–in only seventeen days–the situation would change dramatically with the attack on Pearl Harbor.