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All Sides Weekend: Bob Hope And The USO

Comedian Bob Hope entertains sailors of the U.S. 6th Fleet Saratoga at the flagship's anchorage in the southern Italian port of Gaeta, in this Dec. 19, 1970 file photo.
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Comedian Bob Hope entertains sailors of the U.S. 6th Fleet Saratoga at the flagship's anchorage in the southern Italian port of Gaeta, in this Dec. 19, 1970 file photo.

In May 1941, Bob Hope performed his first USO show at March Field in California. The performance was the beginning of a five-decade partnership.

The comedian and singer donated his time and his talent to entertaining the troops through six separate conflicts, convincing other performers and even his family to do the same.

Now, nearly two decades after his death, a new exhibit at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus commemorates Hope’s life and legacy.

Meanwhile, the United Service Organizations is still going strong, with a presence on four continents serving service members and their families. 

Today on All Sides Weekend: Hope’s legacy and the evolution of the USO.

Guests:

  • Kara Dixon Vuic, professor of war, conflict and society in 20th century America, Texas Christian University
  • Bob Kurkjian, president of USO West, formerly the Bob Hope USO Center
  • Kim Guise, curator of the Legacy of Hope Exhibit, National Veterans Memorial and Museum

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