USO2GO Makes Its Way to Iraq – Twice!

U.S Army soldiers from Charlie Company, 1-77 Armored Regiment, 4-1 Armored Division, pose in front of USO2GO Kit boxes, Oct. 24, on Camp Ur, Iraq. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Alan B. Owens, 40th Iraqi Army Brigade, Military Transition Team, communications chief, from Alma, Ark., and U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Ennis, Charlie Company, 1-77 Executive Officer, from Long Island, N.Y., coordinated with the United Service Organizations to have the troop support care packages delivered to the soldiers. 1st Lt. Ennis felt this was a way to “boost the morale of the soldiers” housed on Camp Ur.Charlie Company, 1-77 supports 40th IA BDE MITT and conducts joint patrol missions with the IA and Iraqi police, within Dhi Qar Province in southern Iraq. MITT soldiers live and work with the Iraqi army, as well as train, advise and assist the IA in the areas of intelligence, communications, fire support, logistics, and infantry tactics.Pictured from left to right; Pvt. Dexter Neal, 11B, from Houma, La., Sgt. Jefferson Guillermo, 19K, from Porterville, Calif., Pfc. Jonathan May, 19K, from Harrington, Del., Pfc. Jared Morris, 68W, from Independence, Mo., Pfc. Alex Ayala, 19K, from Bronx, N.Y., Spc. Michael Williams, 11B, from Jackson, Tenn., Sgt. Liam Molinelli, 11B, from Stow, Ohio, Spc. Ryan Adams, 13F, from Holland, Mich., and Pfc. Randy Hamilton, 11B, from Columbus, Ohio. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. 1st Class Alan B. Owens)

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment sort boxed contents from their “USO2GO” care packages sent by the USO to Camp Ur, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. The Soldiers are deployed from Fort Bliss, Texas, to advise and assist the 40th Iraqi Army Brigade in Dhi Qar province. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Alan B. Owens, 40th Iraqi Army Brigade, Military Transition Team, communications chief, from Alma, Ark., and U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Ennis, Charlie Company, 1-77 executive officer, from Long Island, N.Y., coordinated with the United Service Organizations to have the troop support care packages delivered to the Soldiers. 1st Lt. Ennis felt this was a way to “boost the morale of the soldiers” housed on Camp Ur.

In Remembrance of Pearl Harbor…

The attack on Pearl Harbor was – in many ways – the impetus for the formation of the United Service Organizations, or USO.  Chartered by Congress in response to a request from President Roosevelt to provide for the morale and welfare of the Troops, the USO brought together six other charities in  1941 for that single purpose.  The Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), National Catholic Community Service, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board joined forces in 1941 under the leadership of Thomas Dewey and raised $16 million that first year.

In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans rallied their support behind our men and women in uniform as they never had before.  The USO took up that cause and continues to this day to provide for the morale and welfare of Troops serving here and abroad, in wartime and peace, active duty and reserve, until every one comes home.

We take this day to honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.  In the spirit of all those who served, we’d also like to share with you some rarely seen photographs from USO’s in the 1940s.  We hope you take a moment to reflect upon these images and honor all those who have served.

Some other great websites that include history and photographs from that time:

And don’t miss a special blog posting from On the Frontlines, the blog of ON★PATROL Magazine, later this afternoon.