Since 1942, Bob Hope had always been in support of US troops stationed overseas and spent much time in the USO doing tours to bring laughter and cheer to boost their morale.
In the 1960s, NBC began airing his annual Christmas specials which showcased his travels all over southeast Asia with his comedy pals and musical guests. He continued this tradition up until the Gulf War in 1991. Today’s particular selection showcases some of the famous people of the day such as Raquel Welch, Barbara McNair, Phil Crosby, and of course Les Brown and his Band of Renown.
The USO still books comedians, celebrities, & musical acts to entertain the troops overseas, but rarely do they get any television airplay.
For a little taste of military & comedy history, someone was kind enough to digitally transfer this special and upload it to YouTube. Do a search for “Bob Hope Christmas Special” and you’ll find many more of these historic gems…