By Team MOC
Since its founding in 1941 by Mary Ingraham, the USO has been dedicated to providing morale and recreation services to troops and their families around the world. From airport lounges to care packages, the USO is one of the most beloved organizations in the military community. Their projects have lifted spirits across the globe. . . but most notably, their shows and celebrity visits have created poignant memories for generations of American service members.
1. Entertainers of all stripes have volunteered their time and talents to keeping up the morale of service members.
3. Two men try to get Bob Hope’s attention during a USO show.
4. Shows during WWII and Vietnam drew huge crowds. Some sat in pouring rain or stood in snow for hours to see a piece of “home”.
5. Not all USO performances are for thousands of people. Some of them have happened in much, much smaller venues.
5. Marilyn Monroe entertains Korean War service members in 1954.
6. Ann-Margaret meets troops in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
7. After walking on the moon, Neil Armstrong toured with the USO in 1969.
8. Sammy Davis, Jr. grooves with service members in the 70’s.
9. Troops serving during the Vietnam War react to performers on stage.
10. These Miss American contestants perform for sailors aboard the USS John F. Kennedy in 1975.
11. Kerry Turner signs an autograph in Iraq.
12. Scarlett Johansson poses for a photo with two Marines.
13. Stephen Colbert gets his head shaved in front of a military audience in Iraq.
14. Sesame Street goes on the road with the USO to entertain and teach the youngest members of the military community.
15. Military families at Ramstein Air Base participate in a holiday show.
16.Troops take in Robin Williams’ stand-up routine in 2007.
17. The USO celebrated their 75th birthday in 2016 with a huge comedy show, cake, and a few special guests.
J.G. Noll is the Editor of Military One Click and a veteran’s spouse. She can be reached at [email protected]