Military Entertainment: Other Ideas

U.S. Navy WAVES and British Royal Navy sailors obtain free theater tickets from New York's Defense Recreation Committee, circa 1943
U.S. Navy WAVES and British Royal Navy sailors obtain free theater tickets from New York's Defense Recreation Committee, circa 1943.

Today in WW II: 20 Feb 1942 Navy Lt. Cdr. Edward 'Butch' O'Hare of Chicago becomes America's first World War II flying ace. Chicago expanded old Orchard field in 1946, renaming it for O'Hare.  More 
20 Feb 1944 Operation Argument aka 'Big Week' begins; American bombers concentrate on German aircraft manufacturing to lure the Luftwaffe into a decisive battle.
Visit the World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

Other Military Entertainment

Cincinnati Bengal Cheerleaders on tour in the Balkans, April 2004
Cincinnati Bengal Cheerleaders on tour in the Balkans, April 2004.

Established in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment fields over 1,200 celebrity and non-celebrity shows around the world each year for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. They arranged the tour for the Cincinnati Bengal Cheerleaders in April 2004, photo to the left.

Baseball in Wartime is the story of professional baseball during World War II, when more than 4,500 professional players swapped flannels for military uniforms to serve their nation. Future Hall of Famers like Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams served even though they lost vital playing time in the prime of their careers.
Elvis in the Army. Already rich and famous, Elvis Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1957. Since he was about to start filming a movie (King Creole ) his enlistment was delayed until March 1958 when he reported for duty. Despite a media circus and constant attempts by fans to reach him, Elvis served his time honorably and without notable problems. He returned to civilian life in March 1960, a bigger star than ever.
GraphicAudio™ offers a unique storytelling experience that is brought to life with professional actors, scoring, and sound effects. GraphicAudio™ produces a large selection of audiobooks available on CD, Cassette, MP3 CD and WMA download. Many of their titles have a military theme.
USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families through its more than 150 centers in 27 countries, presenting hundreds of entertainment events each year. Thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and to keep them connected to the families they left behind. Founded in 1941, as it became clear that the nation was heading into World War II, several organizations mobilized to support the growing U.S. military: the Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created synergy among these agencies by forming the United Service Organizations (USO), with the objective of providing the emotional support the troops needed.

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