December 1964: Bob Hope in Vietnam

The comedian, who had entertained U.S. troops during World War II and the Korean War, makes his first USO tour of military bases in Vietnam. Segments from the trip were shown on NBC the following January during "The Bob Hope Christmas Special." Hope would continue the holiday tours until 1972.
     -- Stars and Stripes photo from Tan Son Nuht Airport

* "Bob Hope brings Christmas cheer to troops in Vietnam" (Stars and Stripes, December 26, 1964): @
* "The Bob Hope Show; Christmas Day - 1964; Vinh Long, Vietnam" (vinhlongoutlaws.com): @
* "Hope Indomitable" (Associated Press, December 25): @
* Video from Da Nang Air Base (no sound): @
* Video from Camp Enari (no sound): @
* Front and back covers from "On The Road To Vietnam" (1965): @ and @
* Audio from Bien Hoa: @
* "Bob Hope's Vietnam Christmas Tours" (www.history.net): @
* "On the Road: USO Shows -- Bob Hope and American Variety" (Library of Congress): @
* "Entertaining Troops" (www.bobhope.com): @
* Excerpt from "Bob Hope: A Life in Comedy" (William Robert Faith, 1982): @

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