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Topic: BOB HOPE PICTURES - GREEN ISLAND
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BOB HOPE PICTURES - GREEN ISLAND

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#1. Bob Hope ( left) Jerry Colona and others land for their show at Green Island. Last gal on the right is Francis Langford.


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#2. Bob Hope ( left) unknown gal and Jerry Colona clown around on a PT Boat that is bringing the troop over to Green.


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#4. Welcome to GREEN ISLAND BOYS


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#5. Unknown gal which is part of Hope's Gals who came to GREEN ISLAND. Maybe C.J. will know her.








Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: May 5, 2008 - 11:44pm
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The beautiful unknown girl in the photo's is Patty Thomas, Singer and Dancer.
Bet she made the Boys hearts Thump
The guitar player that CJ mentioned was Tony Romero.

Michael

Posted By: Michael | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 12:35am
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Thanks Mike, I always wanted to know who she was. Man, I bet every guy on that Island including CJ would have loved to be with her.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 3:40am
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HELLO EVERYONE AFTER GREEN THE TROOP CAME TO EMIRAU.THE SHOW WAS WELL RECEIVED BUT HAD TO STOP HALF WAY THRU AS WE HAD A CONDITION RED AND HAD TO SCRAMBLE BACK TO OUR BOATS.
AS SAID, THE WOMEN WERE QUITE AN ATTRACTION. EARL

earl richmond

Posted By: EARL RICHMOND | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 6:37am
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Thanks for the pictures Frank. Indeed Patty Thomas was very popular with all the P.T. Boat crowd. A lot of whistles when she took the stage. She had the body to go with her looks. Mike, I do remember the guitar players name was Tony Romero.

C. J. Willis

Posted By: CJ Willis | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 8:51am
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While were on the subject of entertainers and actors in the war zone, I know John Wayne made a couple of these trips, I think one was also with Frances Langford, has anybody a photo of him at the wheel of an Elco PT, I have seen a phot of him on one, which I believe might have been a RON 11 or RON 12 boat.
Also, has anyone seen a photo of Lt jg. Robert Montgomery on a RON 5 boat( I never have) prior to them shipping out. I believe he at one time was Exec on George Cookman's PT 107. I know he went with the squadron as far south as Miami, I don't know if he made it to Panama, but I have also seen it written in one book that he made it as far as the Solomons, is this so? I find this hard to believe. Anybody have any ideas.
Take care,
TED




Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 10:13am
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lso remember sammy kaye performing at tacloban in the phillipines.

i heard nothing of john wayne in ron 5.must have been before my time on the 108.
earl

earl richmond

Posted By: EARL RICHMOND | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 10:21am
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I found some info on the Hope USO Tour 1944 to the Islands - related to th Frank's photos above:

[b]World War II photos of Bob Hope and Company[/b]

In the summer of 1944 Bob Hope hopped from island to island in the South Pacific to entertain the troops. It was an emotional, as well as dangerous, journey for Hope and his colleagues. He logged over 30,000 miles and gave more than 150 performances. Accompanying Hope on the trip were guitarist Tony Romano, singer Frances Langford, dancer Patty Thomas, and gag-writer and Hope chum, Barney Dean.


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LINK: [url]http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/uso.html[/url]






Posted By: Dick | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 10:27am
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Earl;
Not John Wayne, we know he was never in the service, because they turned him down saying he could do more for the war effort making movies. I was really looking for a photo of him having just a turn at the wheel during a uso tour or something. Somewhere out in the Pacific, I know Wayne went to New Guinea with a USO tour in 1944.
But LTjg Robert Montgomery, I know he was in RON 5 from July-Sept 1942 on PT 107 with George Cookman. Then my mistake, he accompanied CDR Warfield, LT. Charles Mills, and LTjg Jack Searles when they brought then RON 4 boats PT 59, 60, and 61 down to RON 2 and 3(2) in Panama from Melville. But in Miami the were tied up to the pier and the boats were swamped by fans(females) of his trying to get photos and autographs. He locked himself below decks saying he just wanted to be left alone. I have never seen any photos of Robert Montgomery on any boat and this is what I am really looking for.
Thanks and take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 11:31am
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Ted
Of all the photo's I have of Wayne and Montgomery, none show them in the War Zone. I have a shot of Montgomery at Bayonne, New Jersey on a visit to the plant when he came home stateside, and several of him in uniform in other places.

Certainly Montgomery could pilot a PT BOAT because he did his own manuvers in the Movie THEY WERE EXPENDABLE, but I never heard much about him in th War Zone. Many photo's exsist of the two on an Elco during the Movie, but I really don't remember any others over-seas. As a matter of fact, I never even knew John Wayne toured at all in the War Zone because of his status over here selling WAR BONDS, and making movies which went to the troops.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 11:48am
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Frank;
go to google and put in this: Searching for John Ford: A Life By Joseph McBride
go to page 406 Admiral Bulkeley recalls when asked about Robert Montgomery, He was assigned as Bulkeley's RON 7 Executive Officer as a LCDR.(which was usually a position filled by a senior LT., usually the Commanding Officer was a LCDR) in New Guinea. I believe I read in Jack Searles book after the Miami incident Montgomery requested combat duty.
In the photos you mention of him at the plant in Bayonne, is he on or near a boat at the pier? If so please post it.
Thanks,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 12:02pm
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Frank;
If I can find the photo which was in an old PT Boater, I will scan it and post it.
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 12:07pm
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Thanks Ted

I appreciate the effort. No, Montgomery is standing on the dock with Elco Executives, Irwin Chase, Preston Sutphen, and others. Not near a PT BOAT.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 3:33pm
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Ted

It seems that John Waune was exempt from the service when Pearl harbor took place ( he was 34 at the time) Wayne did not enlist and was a 3A Status, which was a family deferment.

His selective service records indicate that he did not attempt to prevent his reclassification as 1-A ( draft eligible), but Repulic pictures stepped in and requested furthur deferment. In 1944, Wayne was again classified as 1-A, but the Studio obtained abother 2-A deferment for suppoirt of national health, safety, or interest. He reamined this way until the end of the War. He did go to the pacific in 1943-44 for three months touring US BASES and HOSPITALS. It is said that Waybe was forever guilty for not serving in the Military.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: May 6, 2008 - 5:59pm
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