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What did the USO do to provide hospitality and entertainment for troops in the Vietnam War?

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HawkeHawke asked 4 years ago

This isn’t for History homework or anything like that. I’m just a student who’s really fascinated and intrigued with history.

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camila answered 4 years ago

Well, for one you could checkout Billy Joel’s “Goodnight Siagon” which he did for the Vietnam Vets. The second stanza is:”We had no home front
We had no soft soap
They sent us Playboy
They gave us Bob Hope
We dug in deep
And shot on sight
And prayed to Jesus Christ
With all of our might”

Take a look at lines three and four. I know Bob Hope did a number of USO preformances in every major US war from WWII through the First Gulf War. So I have to assume the “they” in those lines refers to the USO. The USO would have put on various shows for the troops, bring in popular acts and, of course, popular and beautiful women. Anything that could raise the men’s morale.

HawkeHawke answered 4 years ago

Thanks 😉