Pheasant Canteen 60th Anniversary
My name is Kenneth L. Thompson. I served in the US Army Corps in World War II from April 1, 1945 to December 3, 1946, when I was discharged with the rank of Corporal.
In December of 1945 I spent my furlough visiting my parents, Gilbert and Olga Thompson, on their farm 3.5 miles east of Barnard, SD. About a week before Christmas I had to return to duty at Langley Field, VA. As I was going through the Milwaukee Depot in Aberdeen, my oldest brother's sister-in-law, Lola Pautsch, presented me with a pheasant sandwich lunch to send me on my way. Best sandwich I had ever eaten!
Another experience I had was participating in a pheasant hunt for the Canteen. As I recall, I was a senior in High School in Barnard, SD and the hunt was late in the fall of 1943, and there was a huge number of men and teenagers involved. I remember we surrounded a quarter section of land (160 acres) at a time, and walked to the center. The pheasants flushed ahead of us and virtually none escaped. The pheasants were taken to the KD Locker Plant in Aberdeen, SD for processing.
There was hardly anyone who did NOT suport the "War Effort" in those days.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Kenneth L. Thompson