One person really can make a difference as the sailors at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan found out on Friday, January 15, 2010. Brooklynite Carmen Colon wanted to do something for the troops, so she purchased $240 worth of donuts to donate. But how to get them there? The USO, of course!
“USO Operation Doughnut Drop” with the USS Shiloh was a huge success. “It really was a terrific morale-booster,” said Vernichel Tharps, the Director of Programs and Marketing for USO Japan. Below are some exclusive pictures from this fun, sugar-filled day. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson: “Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?”
Henry Fonda holds a special place in the heart of many who saw him tour with the USO during the Vietnam War. Himself a decorated Navy veteran, Fonda put aside personal beliefs and – as he wrote in his 1981 autobiography My Life – toured with the USO because he believed in supporting the Troops: “It was a trip that this (62)-year-old man didn’t want to take, but I felt I had to…for the guys sweating it out and dying in the rice paddies and jungles.”
But the story doesn’t end there. In 2004, the USO moved its main operations from the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, to new offices in Arlington, VA. Among one of the items found during the move was a letter from Fonda to the USO, dated 27 April 1967. He explained in his distinct handwriting that his USO tour in Vietnam was “the most rewarding experience of my life, and I will be forever grateful that I was given this opportunity.”
The picture below was taken during that tour, as a reporter interviews Fonda. We thank him for his service.