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USO Shows

The United Service Organizations (USO) sponsored many of the shows that brought welcome relief to homesick and battle-weary soldiers, sailors, and airmen. The big events featured stars like Bob Hope, the Andrews Sisters, or Marlene Dietrich, but even visits by struggling singers and three-ball jugglers caused troops to erupt in cheers, laughter, and applause. The USO also operated more than 3,000 centers stateside and overseas. Every day they offered troops a host of social services, as well as opportunities for rest and recreation—a simple cup of coffee or a swinging dance.


Exhibition Graphics

Irving Berlin in New Guinea, 1944

Irving Berlin in New Guinea, 1944


Related Artifacts

“This is the Army” Poster
Army Song Sheet
 Any Bonds Today? Sheet Music

Mail Call

American GIs received millions of letters, magazines, and packages from home.


Exhibition Graphics

Mail call

Mail call

GIs in Germany open Christmas packages

GIs in Germany open Christmas packages

Sorting the mail

Sorting the mail

Mail call

Mail call

Pinup photo, Betty Grable, 1943

Pinup photo, Betty Grable, 1943


Related Artifacts

'V-Mail' Poster
Victory-Mail Packet
Hershey’s Tropical Chocolate Bar
Varga Pin-up
Varga Pin-up
Varga Pin-up


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