Bob Hope, USO Ambassador of Goodwill

For fifty years, the USO has brought solace and comfort and laughter to millions of GIs all around the globe. There isn't one GI whose spirits haven't been lifted and loneliness relieved for an hour or two by the talented and dedicated gypsies sent out by the USO. To the performers who unselfishly give their time and talents to entertain at our military bases, I say, "thanks for a job well done."

Bob Hope, USO Ambassador of Goodwill


Born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, England, Bob Hope arrived in Cleveland, Ohio in 1907 and became a U.S. Citizen in 1920.

After graduating high school, Bob had a brief stint as amateur boxer "Packy East" and after becoming a "song and dance" man in Vaudeville, it didn't take him long to find his rightful place in Vaudeville as a comedian.

Lifelong Husband of Former Singer Dolores Reade, Father of Linda, Anthony, Honora and William Francis Kelly, Proud Grandfather and Friend of Presidents, Dignitaries and Royalty.

Recipient of Many Honorary Doctorates, Four Stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Holder of the Longest Contract in History with the National Broadcasting Corporation and Golfer Extroadinaire with six holes in one.

In 1997 the United States Congress named Bob Hope "Honorary U.S. Veteran", no one before or after has ever received this Honor.

And the Greatest Honor of all is the Love from the Millions of GI's whose lives he touched, bringing a piece of home to them in their darkest, loneliest hours.

Thank You Bob Hope, for being there.

God Bless you....


Thanks for the memory
Of candlelight and wine, castles on the Rhine
The Parthenon and moments on the Hudson River Line
How lovely it was!

Thanks for the memory
Of rainy afternoons, swingy Harlem tunes
And motor trips and burning lips and burning toast and prunes
How lovely it was!

Many's the time that we feasted
And many's the time that we fasted
Oh, well, it was swell while it lasted
We did have fun and no harm done

And thanks for the memory
Of sunburns at the shore, nights in Singapore
You might have been a headache but you never were a bore
So thank you so much.

Thanks for the memory
Of sentimental verse, nothing in my purse
And chuckles when the preacher said "For better or for worse"
How lovely it was

Thanks for the memory
Of lingerie with lace, Pilsner by the case
And how I jumped the day you trumped my one-and-only ace
How lovely it was!

We said goodbye with a highball
Then I got as "high" as a steeple
But we were intelligent people
No tears, no fuss, Hooray! For us

So, thanks for the memory
And strictly entre-nous, darling how are you?
And how are all the little dreams that never did come true?
Aw'flly glad I met you, cheerio, and toodle-oo
And thank you so much.

Thanks For The Memory

Thanks For the Memory Shep Fields
-Words and Music by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
-introduced in the film "Big Broadcast Of 1938" by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross
-adopted by Hope as his theme song

A "Special" Thank You to Bob Hope's family ... Your support and unselfishness made the world a little brighter.

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Text revised August 29, 2001 by
©Joyce Mascolino June 2000
©Joyce Mascolino August 29, 2001