We were treated with a USO Show in one of the helicopter hangers in Phuoc Vinh. It was about an hour show, then they were off to entertain troops at another firebase.
These entertainers and others like them were always subject to a surprise mortar attack. They put their lives on the line to entertain our troops in war zones, and are much appreciated!
The USO (United Service Organizations) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform. The original intent of Congress – and enduring style of USO delivery – is to represent the American people by extending a touch of home to the military. The USO currently operates more than 135 centers worldwide, including ten mobile canteens located in the continental United States and overseas. Overseas centers are located in Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Qatar, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guam and Kuwait. Service members and their families visit USO centers more than 6.9 million times each year.
The USO is the way the American public supports the troops…
1970 Miss America (Pam Eldrid) with her six runners-up
4 responses to “USO Show in Phuoc Vinh”
Rob… I do not remember this show. I guess it was after Feb. 14, 1970, when I left country. But I do remember that hanger, and it’s ”holes”! My houch was right behind it and I have some holes of my own in a taper recorder because of that rocket. BOY OH BOY DOES THIS BRING BACK MEMORIES. Thank you. Frank McKinnon.
Frank, a little slow in my reply!
Yes, memories indeed; some good, some bad…
Wow, this brings back memories I completely forgot. I was in Phuoc Vinh with 101st 1/506th from Dec 67-April or May 68 (not sure). Remember leaving many times for Chu Chi and Long Binh and returning to Phuoc Vinh a few times, but there was a USO show and the female entertainer picked me from the audience to come up on the stage. Maybe there’s a picture somewhere. Wow again.
Welcome Home Dale…