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Great American Patriot Badge Sample - smallThroughout his great entertainment career, Bob Hope (1903 to 2003) exemplified love and pride of America through hIs unyielding and tireless support of the troops over 6 amazing decades . . . including performances on the front lines of harm's way from World War II to Desert Storm . . . setting the standard for those noble American celebrities who have gallantly followed his patriotic trail.

And it was never about self when doing so! Bob Hope will always remain a Great American Patriot who earned the respect and love of several American generations . . .

Here are a few highlights of Bob Hope as the USO's "Ambassador of Good Will" which he headlined approximately 60 tours. 

  • His first performance for service members was at March Field, California, May 6, 1941.

  • His first combat zone USO tour in 1943 was visiting U.S. forces in North Africa, Italy and Sicily.

  • The first Bob Hope Christmas USO tour was in 1948, performing for the GIs who participated in the Berlin Airlift. The Bob Hope Christmas USO tour became a USO tradition, and he visited military bases and veterans' hospitals every December for the next 34 years.

  • In 1969, President Lyndon Johnson bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon Bob Hope for his service to the men and women of the armed forces through the USO.

  • Bob Hope made his final USO tour in December 1990, bringing Christmas cheer to troops participating in Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

  • In 1997, the USO successfully worked with Congress to designate Bob Hope the first honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces.

  • At the 1997 USO Holiday Gala, the USO unveiled the "Spirit of Hope" Award. It is a portrait bas-relief of Bob Hope, created by St. Louis sculptor Don F. Wiegand and Michael Fagin a major donor to the USO. 

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Bob Hope entertaining the troops in Vietnam.
Bob Hope entertaining
the troops in Vietnam.
USO's "Spirit of Hope" Award
USO's "Spirit of Hope" Award

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