"BOB HOPE"
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Arlis Kline

 

 

 

For what it is worth, I remember Bob Hope’s visit to Noemfoor very well. The 462nd was with the 503 RCT was on the opposite end of the island from where his show was to be held.  Fighting was over and we were only bothered by Piss Call Charlie during the night. The Island was pretty secure by this time. Most  of the CT went  up to see the show.

This was  a march of about 7 - 9 miles on this little muddy road running thru the jungle.

 The Show was held on a stage in front of a cleared hill. About 6 to 7000 soldiers. Some Navy personnel. Hope had Jerry Colona,  Frances Langford, and a girl named Patsy (Thompson?)  dancer wearing a black one piece costume with pink trim at the bottom and around the top. Wow, what a  sight for a bunch of filthy soldiers. It was a great show and I believe every man who saw it carried away wonderful thanks for Bob Hope's efforts on our part.  Sure was worth the walk. 

Arlis Kline, Major -
CO of 462nd P.F.A.B..

 

 

Bob Hope on Noemfoor.

Panorama by Charles Morford

"The USO show was set up near the runway. "G" Co. was bivouacked just to the rear. All of us  appreciated Frances Langford more than we did Bob Hope or Gerry Colona.  We hadn't seen fair women for several months.  There were a lot of loaded guns, and nothing to shoot at.  Hope got us laughing easily, but he had to tell us jokes first to do it. All the gals had to do  for a round of cheers, Langford especially, was just be there." 

Chet Nycum, "G" Company

I had a very good seat about 50 rows or so from stage. I could clearly see the faces and Jerry's mustache. I'm amazed that we had so many troops there. Far more than I remember. As I recall there were reported snipers still around. Fills a gap in my memory. Thanks...... great shot.

Paul Turley, "F" Company

 

 
 

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