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Thanksgiving Cheer for Sailors

November 22, 2001|Associated Press

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT — Thanksgiving events kicked off on this aircraft carrier early this morning with Miami Dolphins cheerleaders dancing and singing before hundreds of enthusiastic crew members enjoying a rare break from the war.

Some of the naval personnel deployed in the northern Arabian Sea stood on airplane wings to get a better view of the seven women dancers waving pompoms to the tunes of James Brown's "Living in America."

"It's good for the people's morale, with all this fighting that's going on," said Aaron Glover, 24, from New York City.

The cheerleaders, dressed in hot pants and green football jerseys, ate with the troops in the mess deck and posed for pictures.

Petty Officer Penny Rice, 37, agreed it was good for morale.

"But I wish the cheerleaders weren't so scantily clad. Or at least showed up with a male escort equally scantily clad," said Rice, one of 700 women on board.

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