70 Years Ago Today

On May 6, 1941, three months after the USO was founded, Bob Hope led a group of celebrities to perform for airmen stationed at March Field (now March Air Force Base) in California—the beginning of a great tradition.

How well do YOU know the history of Bob Hope & the USO? Answer the following trivia questions and see how many you got right in the comments! Be sure to let us know your score!

  1. When did Bob Hope first perform a Christmas USO tour?
  2. During how many wars or military conflicts did Bob Hope and his troupe entertain the troops?
  3. How many USO tours did Bob Hope headline?

3 thoughts on “70 Years Ago Today

  1. When did Bob Hope first perform a Christmas USO tour?
    – In December of 1948, Bob Hope, along with his troupe of entertainers, traveled to Berlin, Germany. This was Bob Hope’s first Christmas tour.

    During how many wars or military conflicts did Bob Hope and his troupe entertain the troops?
    4. Bob Hope has toured and entertained American military service members in every conflict: World War II (1939-1945), The Korean War (1950-1953), The Vietnam War (1959-1975), and the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991).

    How many USO tours did Bob Hope headline?
    – Bob Hope headlined 47 USO entertainment tours over a 50 year span.

  2. I have a member of the USO since 1969, first as a junior volunteer and then as an active volunteer until our USO center was closed. I was fortunate as a junior volunteer to meet Bob Hope at a USO Convention in California and I was picked to represent our center. What a thrill for me and I shall never forget this wonderful experience and the giving of his time to meet all the junior volunteer. Thanks for the Memories Bob and you will never be forgotten !

  3. Does anyone know if it’s true… A USO Show could be and was at times packaged on a pallet- piano drums, string bass, etc. And ” parachuted/ air dropped, into combat areas, and forward positions in advance of the entertainers arrival. ???

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