‘Heave a ho there! Sailor’

While many Americans are taking their vacations to the shore, help us identify the harbor in this photo.

Can you identify the location or date of this photo?

The ship names are barely visible, but can you recognize them? Do the cranes in the background or the mountain in the mist give away the location of this place – Stateside or overseas?

According to our records, the USO logo on the armband of the volunteer pictured here was in use from 1974-1983. Do you notice anything else that indicates a more specific date when this photo was taken?

Leave a comment below if you can provide any information about the people, place or date this photo was taken.

‘For you sail at break of day, Hey!’

Happy 4th of July!

Troops enjoy a BBQ at the grand re-opening of the Pat Tillman Memorial USO Center in Bagram, Afghanistan on July 8, 2009. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Wherever you are this Independence Day, know that our USO Family wishes you a happy and healthy holiday!  The USO lifts the spirits of troops and their families millions of times a year at thousands of places worldwide, and we want to extend a special THANK YOU to all of those serving and all who have served.

In celebration, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite summertime and patriotic photos from the past seven decades – we hope you enjoy!

And as you gather around the grill or pull out the lawn chairs for fireworks, take a moment to remember the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform…Until Every One Comes Home.

A serviceman and USO volunteer enjoy the perfect snack on a hot day! (USO archives, date unknown)

A military spouse and her child enjoy ice cream at a USO event in the 1950s. (USO archives)

"I want to be just like you when I grow up." (USO archives)

Grilling out at a USO Center in China Beach. (USO archives)

Christmas in June

Here’s one of our favorite photos from the archives:

What can you tell us about this photo?

Unfortunately, we don’t have any record of where or when this was captured. It’s such a beautiful moment, and we would love to have more information about it. Please join the USO in a search for clues that might reveal something about who these men are and what brought them together to decorate an evergreen on this beach.

Photo of the Day: Calling All USO Sleuths!

Thanks to all of you who helped us identify the people and places in our previous photo posts. We have another one for all of you mystery buffs:


What can you tell us about this photo?

The only information we have about this picture is the handwritten “4/70/2” on the back. Is this date accurate? Who is playing on the stage?  Where exactly was this photo taken?

Please leave a comment with any information about the location, performers, crowd, photographer… anything that might give us a clue about this rockin’ concert.

Photo of the Day: Help Us Identify this Original USO Building!

Do you have any information on this building? Let us know!

We know this much:

  • it’s one of six original remaining USO buildings in the US
  • it’s located at 4355 E. 9 Mile Road in Warren, MI
  • it’s currently called the Fitzgerald Recreation  Center
  • it’s recently renovated after years of being closed

Now Blue Star Mothers of Blue Water Chapter 180 in St. Clair, MI, are hoping to find out any information about the original building: photos, stories, floor plans, posters, event programs, and any other memorabilia from the original USO functions that occurred there during WWII.

The chapter will be holding a fundraiser in the building this September, and hope to create an authentic historical experience for the party goers!  If YOU have any information about this building, leave a message in the comments section.  If you have photos or other digital media you’d like to share, please send us an email.  We’ll keep you posted on what we discover!