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Tribute to the USO

The USO was founded in 1941 in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide morale and recreation services to US uniformed military personnel. Roosevelt was elected as its honorary chairman. This request brought together six civilian organizations: the Salvation Army, Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA), Young Womens Christian Association (YWCA), National Catholic Community Service, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board. They were brought together under one umbrella to support US troops. Roosevelt said he wanted “these private organizations to handle the on-leave recreation of the men in the armed forces.” According to historian Emily Yellin, “The government was to build the buildings and the USO was to raise private funds to carry out its main mission: boosting the morale of the military.” After being formed in 1941 in response to World War II, “centers were established quickly… in churches, barns, railroad cars, museums, castles, beach clubs, and log cabins.”[4] Most centers offered recreational activities, such as holding dances and showing movies. And there were the well-known free coffee and doughnuts. Some USO bases provided a haven for spending a quiet moment alone or writing a letter home, while others offered spiritual guidance and made childcare available for military wives. But the organization became mostly known for its live performances called Camp Shows, through which the entertainment

  • VideoRations posted: 31 Jul at 7:43 am

    Wonderful pictures and music – thanks for the video!

  • 150Music posted: 31 Jul at 8:01 am

    Great video!
    Bit of trivia for fans of jazz vocalist Stevie Holland:
    The man playing accordion for Fred Astaire on stage in Versailles is Stevie’s Uncle Mike Olivieri.

  • bashbrannigan posted: 31 Jul at 8:48 am

    I just read this. Bob Hope was entertaining the troups in WW2 and they were about to go into a dangerous area. The commander made him sign a document which included the name of someone to contact in case something bad happened. He wrote down “Louella Parsons”. True story.

  • lilsteve68 posted: 31 Jul at 8:57 am

    God Bless the USO

  • Jodisorenson posted: 31 Jul at 9:17 am

    February 4, 2010…the 69th birthday of the USO! Still going strong! As a current volunteer, Thanks for this wonderful video!

  • StardustPilot posted: 31 Jul at 10:06 am

    Thanks for this great video. Back in the 1966-67 I spent many weekends at the USO when I was feeling a little lonely or just plain out of money.

  • dkmckinney1 posted: 31 Jul at 10:57 am

    Great video.

  • saraismyname posted: 31 Jul at 11:35 am

    Yay, more Andrews Sisters ;D and more wonderful pictures! Great job and thanks for sharing :)

  • Ufonka posted: 31 Jul at 11:36 am

    Really nice pictures! I like it very much :)

  • MarleneXtreme posted: 31 Jul at 12:25 pm

    Wonderful Tribute !
    Marlene looks awesome !!
    Thanks for posting !

  • heeter71 posted: 31 Jul at 1:02 pm

    Nice collection. Man, Judy looks beautiful 2:02 !

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