Quiz: Can You Answer These Five Questions About the USO?

Think you know your USO and military history? Take this week’s USO quiz. (Answers at the bottom.)

1. The USO had an official mascot at one point during World War II. What was it?
A. a service dog
B. a mongoose
C. a fruit fly
D. a bugler

Library of Congress photo

Bob Hope. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

2. Bob Hope first performed for a military audience at what location?
A. Nome, Alaska
B. March Field, California
C. Love Field, California
D. Hickam Field, Hawaii

3. USO shows today are free to all service members. But that wasn’t always the case. How much did it cost in 1942 for Army and Navy troops to get into a USO Camp Show?
A. 1 to 5 cents
B. 10 cents
C. 15 to 20 cents
D. 25 cents

4. Which former Apollo Astronaut was once a member of the USO Board of Governors?
A. Neil Armstrong
B. John Glenn
C. Michael Collins
D. Frank Boreman

5. In 1982, then-USO President William G. Whyte personally accepted a $10,000 contribution to the USO from which of these celebrities?
A. Woody Allen
B. Reggie Jackson
C. E.T.
D. Shamu the Killer Whale

Highlight the line below to see the answers:
1. B; 2. B; 3. C; 4. C; 5. D

A USO Quiz

Was Johnny Cash in the military? Our troops love to connect back home, but how many minutes did they spend calling home last year?

Those are just a couple of the great questions in our new “Get to Know Our Troops” Quiz.

Think you’ll be able to guess right? Take the USO quiz now and see how well you know our troops!

As a USO supporter, you work tirelessly to provide comfort and support to our troops. And in doing so, you truly honor their service and their sacrifice.

We thought this quiz would be a fun way for you to learn a little more about our troops that you support all year long. We hope you enjoy it and hope you do well on the quiz!

Thanks for all you do!

President’s Day Quiz – How Well Do You Know YOUR USO?

Happy President’s Day! In honor of our nation’s Commanders in Chief, we’ve created a fun quiz for you this holiday. Using the clues below, figure out which President did what for the USO. Email your answers to commrequest@uso.org, and if you get all eight right, you’ll be entered in a drawing for some fabulous USO gifts! (And don’t think you can just Google all the answers – we’re smarter than that!)

President Harry S Truman with a "USO Couple" in an undated picture.

1. This President signed the USO Congressional Charter into law (Title 36, U.S. Code, Chapter 45), signaling the beginning of the USO as a completely independent agency.

2. This President hosted the first Operation USO Care Package stuffing party on the White House lawn, which resulted in 3,000 care packages assembled – some by the President himself! – for Troops serving overseas.

3. This President was awarded the first Presidential Spirit of Hope Award at a USO Gala.  Coincidentally, his father was one of the key people behind the creation of the organization in 1941.

4. This President – along with the First Lady – traveled to Fort Belvoir to participate in an Operation USO Care Package stuffing party, staying over an hour assembling care packages and talking to USO staff and volunteers. It was his first official visit to the base.

5. This President called for a private entity to meet the recreational needs of Troops during World War II.  The Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board then coordinated their civilian efforts to form the United Service Organizations, or USO.

6. This President was the first to have a Navy ship named after him.  That aircraft carrier has since been host to numerous USO celebrity entertainment shows.

7. This President reestablished the USO as a peacetime organization, writing in a letter, “I am particularly happy to see Veterans Hospital Camp Shows included in the program of the USO. They serve the double purpose of entertaining the men and giving them the much-needed assurance that they are remembered.”

8. This President bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom  – the highest honor awarded a civilian in the US – to Bob Hope, in recognition of his years of service to the USO and nation’s Troops.