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"During other periods of our history when America had to defend our allies or ourselves, such as World War II, Hollywood heroes such as Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda and Elvis Presley, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin among others, donned our nationís uniform and served their country with pride.   They put their careers on hold to defend our country and our freedoms."

 

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"Thanks For the Memories"

Bob Hope

1903-2003

 

Two months after we and the world celebrated  Bob Hope's 100th Birthday, Bob Hope passed away in his home in California from pneumonia.

From World War II through December of 1990 right before the Gulf War, Bob Hope entertained our troops all over the world

Mr. Hope's accomplishments are so numerous and will be recounted over and over during the coming weeks.  A legendary star of vaudeville, films, radio, and television, he did it all with humor, grace and class.

We, at Hollywood-Hero, want to highlight his extraordinary commitment to our troops.  When he was made an honorary Veteran by Congress in 1997, he said it was the greatest honor he ever received.  Considering that he is in the Guinness World Book of Records as the most celebrated entertainer in the world, that truly speaks volumes about the man, the entertainer, and the patriot that he was.

Thanks for the memories, Bob Hope, you will be sorely missed.  We're unlikely to ever see the likes of you again.

Our deepest sympathies go to Dolores Hope and to the Hope's four children and grandchildren.  We mourn today, but we also remember what an extraordinary man he was; an American treasure for entertainment audiences world wide; a hero to the troops serving overseas for 50 years.  His first performance for the troops was May 6, 1941, six months before Pearl Harbor, his last in 1990 right before the Persian Gulf War, at the age of 90.

Just a few of the awards bestowed upon Bob Hope

Bob Hope American Patriot Award - President George W Bush establishes on May 28, 2003.   Establishment of the Award. In order to encourage love of country, service to the people of the United States, and support for our Armed Forces, and in order to recognize the unique and lifelong service of Bob Hope to the United States Armed Forces and to the Nation through his unwavering patriotism and dedication to maintaining the morale of the troops he entertained for nearly six decades, and on the occasion of his 100th birthday, there is hereby established the Bob Hope American Patriot Award.

Congressional Medal of Honor - President John F. Kennedy presented Bob Hope with the Congressional Medal of Honor on September 11, 1962. The medal reads, "Bob Hope" Humorist, Humanitarian, Patriot Presented to Bob Hope by President Kennedy in recognition of his having rendered outstanding service to the cause of Democracy throughout the world."

Presidential Medal of Freedom - Bob Hope was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award that can be given to a civilian by President Lyndon B. Johnson on January 20, 1969, noting that,  "With his gifts of joy to all the American people, he has written his name large in the history of our times."

In 1997, the USO successfully worked with Congress to designate Bob Hope the first and only Honorary Veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

May 18, 1998 - Bob Hope is given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth

Bush Joins Nation in Mourning Bob Hope
 

The Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2003; 10:14 AM

WASHINGTON - President Bush joined the nation in mourning the death of comedian Bob Hope. "Today the nation lost a great citizen," the president said.

The 100-year-old entertainer, who died Sunday, "made us laugh, he lifted our spirits," Bush said, as he boarded Air Force One en route to Pittsburgh.

"Bob Hope served our nation when he went to battlefields to entertain thousands of troops from different generations," the president said. "We extend our prayers to his family. God bless his soul."

© 2003 The Associated Press

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100th Birthday Salute - 5-29-03

"Thanks For the Memories"

On May 29, 2003, Bob Hope will celebrate his 100th Birthday

From World War II through December of 1990 right before the Gulf War, Bob Hope has entertained our troops all over the world

Congressional Medal of Honor - President John F. Kennedy presented Bob Hope with the Congressional Medal of Honor on September 11, 1962. The medal reads, "Bob Hope" Humorist, Humanitarian, Patriot Presented to Bob Hope by President Kennedy in recognition of his having rendered outstanding service to the cause of Democracy throughout the world."

Presidential Medal of Freedom - Bob Hope was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson on January 20, 1969, noting that,  "With his gifts of joy to all the American people, he has written his name large in the history of our times."

In 1997, the USO successfully worked with Congress to designate Bob Hope the first and only Honorary Veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

For all that he has done for our country, our troops and our funny bone, we salute Bob Hope on the occasion of his 100th Birthday as a true

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