Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope
(1903-2003)
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Bob Hope brought laughter to millions of US service men and women for over 60 years, entertaining troops
in every conflict from World War 2 to Desert Shield He was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England on
May 29, 1903 and his family emigrated to the USA in 1907. Hope said "I left England at the age of four when I found out I couldn't be King." Starting in World War 2 Bob Hope sacrificed almost every Christmas to be with the troops wherever they were and became the serviceman's best friend. Bob loved the troops and he loved
being with them. These pages are a tribute to the man who brought so much joy to so many people, military and
civilian, and became a true American Idol. Just two months after his 100th birthday on July 27, 2003, Bob passed away in his California home. He has been and still will be missed by million's. From me to you Bob,
Thanks for the memories.

 

July 27, 1945: Bob Hope entertaining the troops in England.

 

October 26, 1950: Bob Hope with troops from X Corps. in Womsan, Korea.

 

December 26, 1950: Bob Hope golfing on the USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 off the coast of Vietnam.

 

February 1951: Bob Hope having just arrived on the USS Missouri BB-63.

(Courtesy of Amory Houghton III USN)

 

April 1983: Actress Ann Jillian (left), Bob Hope and Cathy Lee Crosby during a USO show for US Marines in Beirut, Lebanon.

 

December 24, 1983: On board the USS New Jersey BB-62 off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon for the Christmas Eve USO show. With Bob are from left to right; Miss USA Judy Hyek, Cathy Lee Crosby, Ann Jillian and actress Brooke Shields.

 



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