Throughout history, soldiers have had to celebrate Christmas away from home. We recently asked readers to share images of soldiers taken during the holidays. These are some of the selections they sent.

Christmas postcard, ca. 1917,

Christmas postcard, ca. 1917.

A Navy Christmas dinner, circa 1942-1943. The menu is signed by Commander E.P. Moore, Commanding.

A Navy Christmas dinner, circa 1942-1943. The menu is signed by Commander E.P. Moore, Commanding. 

84th Training Command. Two GIs of 84th Training Command decorate a Christmas tree in cellar of a home in Geilenkirchen, Heinsberg, Germany. December 1944.

84th Training Command. Two GIs of 84th Training Command decorate a Christmas tree in cellar of a home in Geilenkirchen, Heinsberg, Germany. December 1944. 

“A Touch of Christmas.” A Navy corpsman displays a replica of a Christmas tree six weeks after Christmas ended and six days after the war in the Gulf started. Watercolor on paper by Chip Beck, 1991.

“A Touch of Christmas.” A Navy corpsman displays a replica of a Christmas tree six weeks after Christmas ended and six days after the war in the Gulf started. Watercolor on paper by Chip Beck, 1991.

Santa and elves arrive by special helicopter for a children’s Christmas party at Naval Air Station Oakland, 23 December 1956.

Santa and elves arrive by special helicopter for a children’s Christmas party at Naval Air Station Oakland, 23 December 1956.

Private Robert Frick and Pvt Robert Engelman, both of Philadelphia, decorate a Christmas tree with trimmings from German homes in the captured town of Heren, December 21, 1944.

Private Robert Frick and Pvt Robert Engelman, both of Philadelphia, decorate a Christmas tree with trimmings from German homes in the captured town of Herne, December 21, 1944. 

Lowell May wrote, “Someone had to pull KP duty on Christmas Day.”

Lowell May wrote, “Someone had to pull KP duty on Christmas Day.” 

WAVES play Santa WAVES of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts help wrap Christmas presents for Navy and Marine Corps convalescents at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland, circa 1944. Admiring a package is Yeoman 2nd Class Ann G. Fee.

WAVES play Santa WAVES of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts help wrap Christmas presents for Navy and Marine Corps convalescents at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland, circa 1944. Admiring a package is Yeoman 2nd Class Ann G. Fee. 

Marine Corps cemetery at Cape Torokina, Bougainville, December 25, 1943.

Not all made it home for Christmas. Sergeant V.M. Hanks photographed the Marine Corps cemetery at Cape Torokina, Bougainville, December 25, 1943. *M

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