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The USO: A History / World War II (Part I) #655839

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 01, 2002
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Studio: Beth Nissen) The genesis of the United Service Organization (USO) reviewed; film shown of soldiers and civilian volunteers, including radio and motion picture stars such as Bob Hope, who hosted the "camp shows" that provided distractions for the battle-weary troops during World War II. [Retired World War II veteran and USO volunteer retired Brigadier General Thomas NORMAN - talks about the USO shows and how relaxing it was to see the pretty girls; states the shows boosted morale.] [USO president/CEO General John TILELLI - cites the importance of morale.] Footage shown of Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland singing.

Brown, Aaron;
Nissen, Beth

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