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Old 09-18-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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Letter to Bob Hope

Just got a copy of a letter from my sister my Dad wrote before his passing thanking Mr Hope for his show to the troops on the island of Pavuvu, 90 miles from Guadalcanal. This was of course during WW2. My Dad was a Marine, field signal operator for his major. He never missed a Bob Hope tv show if he was home to watch it. (trucker)
Thing was, I also got a copy of the nice letter back from Bob Hope's secretary. Just thought I'd share that, as now days things are a lot different.
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The DSO is still out there, and still entainering troops the world around. Bob Hope, of course, was a regular on those tours. I do not know who has done the most, but I suspect he's not far from that honor.

He was a great man. Leslie Robert Hope.
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Hope was a standout in the "Greatest Generation". He, and all the other USO entertainers, provided and still provide a great and welcome service to all of our family, friends and neighbors that have worn or are now wearing one of our nations military uniforms. I appreciated them when I wore the uniform and I thank them for still filling the need.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:56 AM   #4
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I never saw a Bob Hope show but he and his gang did something that I and many other sailors enjoyed a lot. I was deployed to Midway Island flying the radar barrier over the North Pacific in EC121K radar patrol planes. During Christmas 1965 Bob was flying over on his way to Vietnam. Bob and his bunch of comedians got on their plane's radio and did some skits and told jokes for us guys on Midway Island. It was piped over our radio station there. He didn't have to do that. It wasn't part of his itinerary or anything. That's just the way he was, a great guy.
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Thanks and God Bless to Bob Hope and all of you guys who have served to provide the rest of us with our freedom. We all owe you a debt that we can not repay. So inadequate but it is all I have, THANK YOU, JOB WELL DONE.
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The USO is still busy with today's service men and women! It's as big of a job as ever with the small all volunteer military causing repeated deployment.

Bob Hope was a pioneer and supported the USO in WWII, all the way to present operations. And thankfully modern entertainers are following his lead today.

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I was fortunate to see two Bob Hope shows, one in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, and the other in Vietnam. Truly an amazing man.

Thanks Bob, for making me laugh.

oh! err twice!
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What many people don't realize is that Bob Hope did all of his USO performances for free. Not only that, but he nagged, cajoled, encouraged, etc. his fellow performers to participate in USO shows abroad. He was there for us from WWII until his death and gave so many of us a taste of home when we most needed it.

Today, even though we are currently in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no single person who has shown the same dedication, courage, love of country, and respect for our service men and women, to provide the same service over and over again.

What he gave those of us involved in conflict/war is a sense of home, humor, and a reminder that we all belonged to a wonderful country worthy of our service, and that our fellow Americans hadn't forgotten us.

Monkey,

If you would be so kind, could you please share the text of these letters with the rest of us? I'll bet they are a true piece of Americana.
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All this conversation about Bob Hope has caused me to read his bio at imdb.com. I knew he was born in England however I didn't know he donated $1 billion to charity. It makes for pretty interesting reading.
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What many people don't realize is that Bob Hope did all of his USO performances for free. Not only that, but he nagged, cajoled, encouraged, etc. his fellow performers to participate in USO shows abroad. He was there for us from WWII until his death and gave so many of us a taste of home when we most needed it.

Today, even though we are currently in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no single person who has shown the same dedication, courage, love of country, and respect for our service men and women, to provide the same service over and over again.

What he gave those of us involved in conflict/war is a sense of home, humor, and a reminder that we all belonged to a wonderful country worthy of our service, and that our fellow Americans hadn't forgotten us.

Monkey,

If you would be so kind, could you please share the text of these letters with the rest of us? I'll bet they are a true piece of Americana.
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Thank you for sharing those letters.
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I also was the benefactor of a Bob Hope show. Ours was at Eieleson Air Force Base in Alaska. Hope was truly a great guy and a heck of an entertainer. Too bad there aren't more like him. There are others like Denzel Washington who go out of their way for military folks and their families.
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There are many Country stars that get out there for the troops. I believe that Wayne Newton has taken the reins over from Mr. Hope, and from what I have heard, doing a good job.
Mr.Hope was in Vietnam many times. I was close, but I was unable to go the thirty miles or so to see him. He was indeed a great friend of our troops.
Rest in Peace Mr. Hope, your tours are done and they were appreciated.
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