Bob Hope’s NBC radio special “Soldiers in Greasepaint” broadcast on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1943. A salute to millions of brave Americans who were spending Thanksgiving a long way from home seven decades ago.
By the time of World War II Hope was 38 and too old to likely be assigned to a combat area. He got around that by spending much of his time during the War entertaining troops in combat zones, occasionally coming under fire. Hope’s genius as a comedian was a rare gift; a willingness to spend it entertaining American troops was a worthy way of using that gift.