Hollywood comedic actor Bob Hope was renowned for making 57 tours to entertain military troops for the USO over 60 years, including 79 shows in the Southwest Pacific in 1944. Writer John Steinbeck, who then served as a war correspondent, wrote of Hope:
When the time for recognition of service to the nation in wartime comes to be considered, Bob Hope should be high on the list. This man drives himself and is driven. It is impossible to see how he can do so much, can cover so much ground, can work so hard, and can be so effective. He works month after month at a pace that would kill most people.
By an act of Congress, Hope was named an honorary veteran in 1997. Hope's humble response to this honor was: "I've been given many awards in my lifetime — but to be numbered among the men and women I admire most — is the greatest honor I have ever received."
Thanks for the memories and entertaining those who serve to preserve our freedom.