Soldiers and gals at a USO dance, 1944. #vintage #1940s #WW2 I wouldn't exist without the USO. Dad was from Brooklyn, NY, Mom was from Spokane, WA, and they met at the USO. She was the only dancer who could keep up with him! It led to a marriage that lasted 50 years and only ended when she passed away. I still miss them sorely.
Fascinating post about WWII brothels in Hawaii: "Jean O’Hara, spearheaded a strike which lasted three weeks in July 1942, demanding the basic human rights of American citizens. The prostitutes pointed out that their work was vital to the war effort, and they had already collectively purchased 132,000 dollars in war bonds..."
Terrence Stephen "Steve" McQueen (Mar 24, 1930 – Nov 7, 1980) - American actor. In 1947, he joined US Marine Corps, promoted to PFC, assigned to an armored unit. Initially, demoted to private 7 times, went AWOL by failing to return after a weekend pass had expired & spent 41 days in the brig. After this, he resolved to embrace the Marines' discipline. He saved the lives 5 other Marines on Arctic exercise, before tank fell through ice into sea. He served until 1950 & was honorably discharged.