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USO Volunteers Who Entertained Troops
in Korea During & After the Korean War

 

To add the names or photographs of any USO volunteers who entertained troops during the Korean War, contact Lynnita or write Lynnita Brown, 111 E. Houghton St., Tuscola, IL 61953.


Most Recent Update: April 2017
 

  • USO stars who entertained troops in Korea during and after the Korean War:
     
    • Frankie Adams  - female ballet and tap dancer
    • Dawn Addams
    • Roscoe Ates
    • Georgie Auld - saxophone player
    • Lita Baron
    • Jack Benny - He and his troupe performed in Korea in June of 1951.  He was 57 years old at the time.
    • Bernard Bradley
    • Les Brown & Orchestra - performed in Bob Hope's October 1950 show in Korea
    • Jane Bruner - pianist with Jack Benny's troupe in June 1951
    • Anita Bryant (stateside)
    • Jack Burger - known as Mr. Bongos
    • Raymond Burr  - Raymond Burr and Cary Grant visited dozens of hospitals throughout the Combat Zone. Mr. Burr gave readings of poetry and scenes from well-known movies that fascinated his audiences, who gave him standing ovations. April 1953
    • Norma V. Busse - A member of the US Army in 1952, she received the assignment to be  the Assistant Director of Special Services for Asia, coordinating USO entertainment tours for Japan and Korea.
    • Toby Butler - bass player
    • Rory Calhoun - March 1953 show with Mrs. Calhoun
    • Carlton Carpenter - Christmas 1952 tour in Korea.  At that time he was Debbie Reynolds' boyfriend.
    •  Movita Castenda -  Marlon Brando's 2nd wife
    • Jerry Colonna
    • Dick Contino - accordion player
    • Carolina Cotton - Known as the Yodeling Blonde Bombshell, Carolina was a regular on the USO tour.  From 1952 to 1954 she had her own show on armed Forces Radio entitled, "Carolina Cotton Calls."
    • Ann B. Davis - Miss Davis starred as the housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch Show and the secretary on the Bob Cummings Show.  She went on a 35-day tour of Korea in 1968.
    • Paul Douglas  - Taegu, December 1952
    • Drake, Betsy (then wife of Cary Grant)
    • Ferguson, Cpl. Troy - country western singer who entertained troops on Okinawa during Korean War
    • Eddie Fisher
    • Errol Flynn - entertained wounded troops at Taegu, Korea in 1951
    • Dolores Gay - tap dancer who served in the Jack Benny troupe in June 1951
    • Cary Grant - Cary Grant and Raymond Burr visited dozens of hospitals throughout the Combat Zone. Mr. Burr gave readings of poetry and scenes from well-known movies that fascinated his audiences, who gave him standing ovations.
    • Johnny Grant - performed in the "Buffalo Bowl" in Korea in 1952.
    • Bob Hope
    • Alberta Hunter - blues singer and composer
    • Betty Hutton
    • Udell Johnson - actor
    • Al Jolson - performed 42 shows (in just 16 days) in Korea during the first year of the war.  Shortly after returning from Korea, he died of a heart attack on October 23, 1950.  Jolson was the first entertainer to volunteer to entertain the troops in Korea and paid the trael expense out of his own pocket.
    • Jennifer Jones
    • Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones - country western singer & star on Hee Haw (died 1998)
    • Ramona Riggins Jones - country western singer, fiddler & star on Hee Haw (died 2015).  She was married to Grandpa Jones.  The two performed in USO shows during the Korean War.
    • Harry Kahne - mentalist who performed in Jack Benny's group in June 1951 
    • Danny Kaye - 1952
    • Judy Kelly - performed in Bob Hope's show in Korea October 1950 
    • Marjorie Kiewitt - drummer
    • Frances Langford
    • Piper Laurie
    • Monica Louis - singer
    • Denise Love - singer
    • Jayne Mansfield
    • Robert Merrill
    • Mid-States Four Barbershop Quartet - Performed 33 shows in 19 days in Korea between June 26, 1951-July 16, 1951.
    • Ray Milland
    • Lucy Monroe (solo tour in 1953)  Lucy was known in the US as the "Star-Spangled Soprano" because she sang at every New York Yankees home game.  The Koreans called her the "American Woman Skyscraper" because she was 5'11".
    • Marilyn Monroe - February 1954     
    • Terry Moore
    • Richard Morris - Christmas/New Year's 1952
    • Snub Mosely - October 1952
    • Evita Munoz - mambo dancer
    • Patricia Neal  - performed at the  Bulldozer Bowl in 1952.
    • Donald O'Conno
    • Perez Padro
    • Jean Peters
    • Molly Picon
    • Walter Pidgeon
    • Martha Raye
    • Frank Remley - guitarist with the Jack Benny troupe in June 1951
    • Debbie Reynolds (1950 /1953)
    • Marjorie Reynolds - member of the Jack Benny troupe in Korea June 1951
    • Larry Roberts
    • Buddy Roger - December 1952  
    • Mickey Rooney
    • Jane Russell
    • Penny Singleton - "Blondie" from the show "Dagwood and Blondie"
    • Red Skelton
    • Dick Sladovnik (a/k/a Dick Slady) author of Gigs, Guns, & Guilt: a Musician's Tour of the Korean War
    • Hank Snow  - performed in Korea's "Bulldozer Bowl" in 1953
    • Jan Sterling (Paul Douglas' wife)  - Taegu , December  1952
    • Connie Stevens - She was 15 years old at the time.
    • Cynthia and Kay Strother (The Bell Sisters)  - performed with the USO on two tours of Korea (Christmas 1953 and 1954).  The first time, they travelled with Dick Contino and Roscoe Ates.  In 1953, Kay Strother was the youngest USO performer at that time - she was 12 or 13.
    • Beverly Tobiason -  Born the daughter of Walter Tobiason, she and two of her performed with the Bob Hope USO troupe in 1950 as a member of the "Taylor Maids" group.  The group was a harmonizing trio.
    • Jinny Tobiason - See Beverly Tobiason.
    • Patricia Tobiason - See Beverly Tobiason.
    • Ernest Tubb - performed with Hank Snow in the Bulldozer Bowl in 1953
    • Lou Tulianello - Army accordion player who accompanied Lucy Monroe on her US0 tour to Japan and Korea.
    • Benay Venuta  - member of the Jack Benny troupe in Korea in June 1951
    • Jimmy Wakely - member of Bob Hope's show in Korea October 1950
    • Margaret Eleanor Whiting - singer of jazz,  pop and country standards (b. 1924/d. 2011)
    • Keenan Wynn
 
 

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