published on: 04/02/2023
The United Service Organizations (USO) was a non-profit organization formed during World War II to provide morale and recreation services to members of the US armed forces. It was established on February 4, 1941, with the support of the War Department, and operated centers around the world, including in combat zones. The USO offered a variety of programs and services, such as entertainment shows, clubs, and lounges, sports and games, libraries, and religious services. It was also known for hosting famous celebrities who would perform for the troops, such as Bob Hope and Marlene Dietrich. The USO played a crucial role in boosting the morale of military personnel and was highly valued by the troops and their families.