May 16, 2021
Bob Hope’s first USO show remembered at March Air Reserve Base
MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE – (INT) – It has been 80 years since entertainment legend Bob Hope performed his first USO show in front of military personnel at March Field.

Hope aired the performance on his NBC radio show by broadcasting nationally from the on-site gymnasium, marking the first of many USO performances and creating a legacy that lives on.

Eighty years later, the March Field gym where Hope’s first performance took place still stands with a dedication plaque honoring the beloved superstar.

In celebration of the anniversary of Hope’s first USO show, the Bob Hope USO at March Air Reserve Base (ARB) will host a drive-thru meal distribution on Wednesday, May 5 to strengthen service members and their families by providing them with a Cinco de Mayo lunch.

For the past eight decades, the USO has adapted to the evolving needs of the military and has been providing morale-boosting entertainment, delivering millions of care packages and meals, offering impactful career transition programming, and providing opportunities to connect with loved ones.
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