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The Bob Hope USO shows at Korat RTAFB


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Bob Hope USO show area at Korat added 07/05/99, Last updated 03/06/14.

Entertainer Bob Hope, with his entourage of other USO performers, entertained U.S. military personnel around the world for 57 years with the United Service Organizations (USO) shows between 1941 and 1991. The Bob Hope shows were seen during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the third phase of the Lebanon Civil War, the latter years of the Iran–Iraq War, and the 1990–1991 Persian Gulf War. This page has images of the Bob Hope USO shows at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base during the time Batcat was based at Korat.

The images of the Bob Hope shows were originally on the Korat RTAFB during the war years 1967 - 1971 page. Moved to this page 10/17/13.


To Bob Hope and all the USO performers
From ALL of us from Batcat, and the other units
based at Korat RTAFB, Thank You for the Memories!!

Bob Hope page heading
Bob Hope standing on left, Col. Timmermans standing middle, Camp Friendship commander standing right

The Bob Hope USO Show
at Korat, Thailand
December 1967 Show

Chuck Silverstein provided these photo's of the 1967 Bob Hope show. First view of the 1967 Bob Hope Show view shows from right to left Col. Gus Weiser (first 553rd Wing Commander) and Air Vice Marshall Kamron Leelasiri, commander of the RTAF Flying Training School. Color, about 48K, Added 09/30/99.

Chuck Silverstein
also provided this Second wiew of the 1967 Bob Hope Show View which shows right to left Col. Hoerler, unknown, Col. Gus Weiser, AVM Kamrom Leelasiri, commander of the RTAF Flying Training School (back to us). Color, about 41K, Added 09/30/99.

Vernie Andricks provided this image of the Bob Hope leaving the chow hall. Color, about 68K, Added 09/29/08.

Cliff Jensen provided this frame from a video showing the Crowd came early to view the Bob Hope USO show. Color, about 44K, Added 11/14/13.

Cliff Jensen provided this frame from a video showing a close up of Bob Hope in a Samlar. Color, about 82K, Added 11/10/13.

Cliff Jensen provided this frame from a video showing an overview of Bob Hope in a Samlar. Color, about 90K, Added 11/10/13.

Cliff Jensen provided this frame from a video showing Bob Hope at the microphone on Stage. Les Brown's Band of Renown. Color, about 91K, Added 11/10/13.

Cliff Jensen provided this frame from a video showing the Performers on stage. B&W, about 40K, Added 11/14/13.

Bill Grosick provided this image showing Rachel Welch on stage. Color, about 81K, Added 11/10/13.

Cliff Jensen provided these frames from a video showing the Rachel Welch on stage view 1 and Rachel Welch on stage view 2. Color, about 23K and 29K respectively, Added 11/14/13.

Cliff Jensen provided these frames from a video showing the Barbara McNair on stage view 1 and Barbara McNair on stage view 2. Color, about 36K and 24K respectively, Added 11/14/13.



The Bob Hope USO Show
at Korat, Thailand
December 28, 1968 Show

Movie clip Views of the Bob Hope Christmas 1968 entertainers arriving. This movie clip isn't of the actual show, rather scenes of arriving entertainers. NOTE this is a very large file, about 32 Meg. My thanks to Rob Dailey, son of Major Robert R. Dailey, for sending this movie. Added 08/07/09.

Base Photo lab via Charlotte (Holder) Clinger photo, shows Bob Hope leading the USO performers in the arrival parade. Considering it is a model of the McDonnel F-4E Phantom II on the "float" with Bob Hope, it is likely this was built by the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, which was also based at Korat RTAFB. B&W, about 269K, Added 10/22/13.

Base Photo lab via Charlotte (Holder) Clinger photo, shows Ann-Margret with Santa Claus in the arrival parade. Backdrop is from the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, a squadron of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing. B&W, about 238K, Added 10/22/13.

Larry Westin photo, 553rd Reconaissance Wing Commander Col. Timmerman present Bob Hope with a Plaque at the 1968 show which took place at the Yim Yam Theater on Camp Friendship immediately next to Korat RTAFB. Behind them is the orchestra of Les Brown and his Band of Renown. Color, about 146K, Added 07/05/99.

Larry Westin
photo, the Gold Diggers dance. Color, about 159K, Added 07/05/99.

Larry Westin photo, the Bob Hope with 1968 Miss World Penelope Plummer from Australia. Color, about 142K, Added 07/05/99.

Larry Westin photo, the Skit put on with Penelope Plummer, unknown, and Bob Hope. Bob Hope is on the right wearing a wig in the stripped skirt. Color, about 145K, Added 07/05/99.

Larry Westin photo, the Honey Limited perform. Color, about 123K, Added 07/05/99.

Larry Westin photo, the Gold Diggers and Bob Hope. Color, about 154K, Added 07/05/99.

Larry Westin photo, Football great Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier. Color, about 160K, Added 07/05/99.

Larry Westin photos, view one of Ann-Margret and Bob Hope dancing. Here is a second view of Ann-Margret and Bob Hope dancing. Images color, about 132K, and 153K. Added 07/05/99.

Larry Westin photo, Bob Hope with Miss Thailand 1968. Color, about 152K, Added 07/05/99.

Bob Hope and the other performers at the end of the show. Behind them is the orchestra by Les Brown and his Band of Renown. Penelope Plummer on the left, believe the ladies in red are Honey Limited. My thanks to David Pipher for this photo, Color, about 45K, Added 02/18/06.


Base Photo lab via Charlotte (Holder) Clinger photo, shows Bob Hope with Ann-Margret on his left, with the Honey Limited performers on the right. B&W, about 272K, Added 10/22/13.

David Pipher photo, shows Ann-Margret signing autographss. Color about 90K, Added 11/10/13.

Base Photo lab via Charlotte (Holder) Clinger photo, shows Ann-Margret being thanked after the show. Ann-Margret has always treated U.S. servicemen and women with kindness and respect, which is very much appreciated by those of us who served in the U.S. military. B&W, about 293K, Added 10/22/13.

David Pipher photo, shows David Piper posing with one of the Gold Diggers after the show. Color about 86K, Added 11/10/13.

Bill Herridge wrote this article about a spectaors viewpoint of the Bob Hope USO show for a newspaper shortly after Bob Hope died in 2003. PDF format, about 11K, Added 11/10/13.


The Bob Hope USO Show
at Korat, Thailand
December 27, 1969 Show

Tim Stevanus photo, shows Bob Hope being interviewed by MSgt. Shaw of AFTN (Armed Forces Thailand Network) before the 1969 Bob Hope USO show. B&W, about 64K, Added 10/22/13.

Tim Stevanus photo, the Crowds came early to get the best viewing spot. B&W, about 32K, Added 11/11/13.

Bob Rufo photo, shows Astronaut Neil Armstrong with Bob Hope at the 1969 Bob Hope USO show. Only a few months earlier Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon. Color, about 84K, Added 11/25/13.

Ron Gough photo, shows Bob Hope in fatigue coat and beret. Color, about 54K, Added 11/25/13.

Ron Gough photo, shows Bob Hope with wood driver. Color, about 55K, Added 11/25/13.

Tim Stevanus photo, shows Connie Stevens performing at the 1969 Bob Hope USO show. B&W, about 32K, Added 11/11/13, updated 03/06/14.

Bob Rufo photos, show Connie Stevens with Bob Hope. Here is another image of Connie Stevens. Color, about 96K and 93K respectfully. Added 11/25/13, updated 03/06/14.

Bob Rufo photo, shows One of the girls from the Laugh In TV show with Bob Hope. Color, about 80K, Added 11/25/13.

Bob Rufo photo, shows the Gold Diggers perform. Color, about 113K, Added 11/25/13.

Bob Rufo photo, shows Bob Hope with Eva Rueber-Staier of Austria, Miss World 1969. Color, about 104K, Added 11/25/13.

Bob Rufo photos, show the Assembled Performers. Here is another image of the Assembled Performers. Color, about 109K and 110K respectfully. Added 11/25/13.


The Bob Hope USO Show
at Korat, Thailand
December 1970 Show

No photos available at this time of the 1970 show.




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