Photo Slideshow of a Vietnam Tour of Duty

Description

Slideshow created by Vietnam veteran Sergeant Louis G. Galanos. The slideshow is on a CD-R format disc and includes images of Phyllis Diller during her performance with Bob Hope’s 1966 USO Christmas tour. Also included on the tour that year were bandleader Les Brown, singer/actress/dancer Joey Heatherson, singer Vic Damone, singer Anita Bryant, the Korean Kittens singing and dance group, baton twirler Diane Shelton, Miss World Reita Feria, and Bob Hope’s wife Dolores. The troupe toured around Vietnam, Thailand, Guam, Wake Island, and the Philippines entertaining troops. The subsequent television special aired in the United States on January 18, 1967. The NMAH collection also includes the costume Diller wore on this USO tour (Catalog Number 2003.0289.05).

Diller was lifelong friends with Bob Hope, co-starring with him in 3 films and many TV specials. She had to change her usual material for this trip because her normal jokes about parenting and housekeeping were aimed at the people back home and not those fighting a war halfway across the world. Hope helped Diller create an entirely new routine where he played the straight man and allowed Diller to perform all of the jokes, which resulted in a bickering married couple routine. In 1978, the USO of Philadelphia, Inc. presented Diller with the USO Liberty Bell Award “for demonstrating concern for the welfare and morale of America’s armed forces.” The award is also at NMAH (Catalog Number 2003.0289.42).

Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1966-1967
photographer
Galanos, Louis G.
associated institution
United Service Organizations
maker
Galanos, Sergeant Louis G.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
polycarbonate substrate (overall material)
metal (overall material)
organic dye (overall material)
lacquer (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 5 5/8 in x 3/8 in; 12.7 cm x 14.2875 cm x .9525 cm
ID Number
2003.0289.32
accession number
2003.0289
catalog number
2003.0289.32
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
subject
Humor
Comedians
Vietnam War
related event
Vietnam War
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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