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Thanks for the Memories Bob
Entertaining the Troops

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”
-Bob Hope

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Bob Hope brought laughter to millions of US service men and women for over 60 years, entertaining troops in every conflict from World War II to the Persian Gulf War.


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Bob Hope worked with the USO - United Service Organization - to help bring entertainment to people serving in the United States military. Starting in World War 2 Bob Hope sacrificed almost every Christmas to be with the troops during times of war wherever they were, and became the serviceman's best friend. Bob loved the troops and he loved being with them. There wasn't a soldier whose spirits weren't lifted and loneliness relieved for an hour or two by Bob's talent and dedication.

Bob traveled around the world and entertained troops during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War.

During World War II in the summer of 1944, Bob hopped from island to island in the South Pacific to entertain the troops. It was an emotional, as well as dangerous, journey for Hope and the other USO performers. He traveled over 30,000 miles and gave more than 150 performances that summer.

In 1997 the United States Congress passed a bill, signed by President Bill Clinton, which named Bob Hope "Honorary U.S. Veteran". No one before or after has ever received this Honor.

Bob said, "I've been given many awards in my lifetime, but to be numbered among the men and women I admire most, is the greatest honor I have ever received."

Bob Hope’s contribution to American History will be best remembered by the soldiers and sailors and pilots who saw him perform. For a very brief moment in time, Bob Hope was able to bring them a moment of peace in the middle of a war.

Thanks for the memories, Bob.


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