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NEWS
LETTER

Vol. 3, No. 5 September, 1967

Published by the USO, 237 East 52nd St.

New York, N.Y. 10022

USO is a voluntary civilian organization established by its Member Agencies through which the people of this country serve the religious, spiritual, social, welfare and educational needs of the members of the

Armed Forces.

The President of the United States

Lyndon B. Johnson
Honorary Chairman

Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.
Chairman of the Corporation

Holgar J. Johnson
Vice Chairman of the Corporation

USO president General Emmett O'Donnell, Jr., USAF (Ret.), with Senator
Homer E. Capehart, attending the August Indiana National Bank Luncheon,
Indianapolis.

Former Senator Capehart Named

USO National Campaign Chairman The Honorable Homer E. Capehart, former U.S. Senator (Rep) from Indiana, has been appointed the new USO National Campaign Chairman, General Emmett O'Donnell, Jr., USAF (Ret.), USO President has announced. He was elected to the USO Board of Governors at its meeting September 21, and was also named a member of the USO Executive Committee. Mr. Capehart fills this important National USO post which has been vacant since the death of its previous Chairman, the late Admiral Chester C. Woods, in 1965. The distinguished Indianian was first elected to the Senate in 1944, was re-elected in 1950 and again in 1956, for a total of 18 years service in the U.S. Senate. He has engaged in manufacturing and in 1927 organized the Capehart Corporation. He is active now in the operation of a 2,000 acre farm in Daviess County, Indiana, where he first gained national attention by his sponsorship of the Republican "Cornfield Conference" in 1938. He was married in Wrightstown, Wisconsin, on January 19, 1922, to Irma Mueller, and is the father of three children: Homer Earl, Jr., an Indianapolis attorney; Thomas C., deceased; and Mrs. James C. Pearson, of Washington, D.C. Senator Capehart is a member of the Lutheran Church, the American Legion, the Burning Tree Country Club of Washington, D.C., the Masonic Order (32nd degree) and other societies in Indianapolis and Chicago. Before assuming his Chairmanship, Senator Capehart spent several days with General O'Donnell and Executive Director, Justin M. Morrill, getting acquainted with members of the USO National staff. On December 7, 1941, he organized and directed a rally successfully launching the Indianapolis drive of the United Service Organizations.

General Emmett O'Donnell, Jr..

USAF (Ret.)
President

Stanley B. Ecker Chairman, Executive Committee

Justin M. Morrill
Executive Director

Member Agencies

Young Men's Christian Associations
National Catholic Community Service

National Jewish Welfare Board
Young Women's Christian Association

The Salvation Army Travelers Aid Association of America

USO is supported by United Funds, Community Chests and independent campaigns in New York City, Chicago

and elsewhere.

Danny Kaye Opens New USO Shows Pacific Hospital Circuit

NOTICE: USO National Headquarters received word from Bernie Carvalho, Executive Director of the USO Club in Fairbanks, Alaska, that though the basement which houses a dormitory and snack bar was completely inundated the first floor, which is about six feet above the ground level, escaped the flood waters. The Commanding Officer of "Murphy Dome" a nearby military installation is sending several soldiers each day to Fairbanks to help the USO staff put the club back in operation. Damage to the facility and equipment is not as extensive as we originally thought. The home of the Director was flooded and both Bernie and his wife suffered considerable personal loss. As we go to press we have heard from Bernie that the USO is back in operation with a temporary canteen and dormitory on the first floor. He hopes to have the full club in operation before the first freeze comes in September.

At the request of the Department of Defense, United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO), has established a Pacific Hospital Circuit to bring entertainment and celebrity visitors to servicemen wounded in Vietna who have been evacuated from the front lines to convalescent hospitals in Guam, Okinawa, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Hawaii. Colonel Jerome Coray, Director of USO Shows, announced that the new USO Shows circuit was officially initiated September 1, 1967, and will include a total of eight shows per month -four handshake tours and four variety shows. Because of his vast experience in touring military camps and bases for USO Shows for many years and under all conditions, internationally famed comedian Danny Kaye was asked to pioneer the new venture with a two-week handshake tour of Japan, Guam, Okinawa, and the Philippine Islands. Returning in late August, Kaye reported at a press conference held at USO National Headquarters, New York, that he found the tour more "incredibly rewarding” than any similar experience in his career. Kaye returned to the West Coast where he will assist the USO in recruiting star talent in a "call-to-arms" to support the new program Talent for the shows will be drawn from three malu sources: USO-Hollywood Overseas Committee; The National Cartoonists Society; and the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. The USO-HOC will furnish top motion picture and television stars for two variety groups and two handshake tours per month. The National Cartoonists Society has agreed to provide at least six cartoonists groups per year for the hospital program, and no fewer than six Barber Shop Quartets per year will be provided "to stimulate barber shop singing among the hospitalized wounded and organize quartets among the patients." Also in the planning stages for the hospital shows are visitations by prominent figures from the sports world. The National USO Shows office in New York will coordinate the entire program. Part of the touring celebrities will be recruited in New York City and the remainder will be provided by the USO-Hollywood Overseas Committee on the West Coast. This new Pacific Hospital Circuit is an expansion of the existing USO Shows program. The other groups are the special Vietnam celebrity program recruited by the USO-Hollywood Overseas Committee; the paid professional shows playing bases - large and small around the world; and the college show tours with volunteer students presenting Broadway shows, choral and instrumental groups.

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National USO 1968 Operating Budget Expected To Be Up

Approximately $1,000,000 The question on many minds is: Can we raise the nois; "Your straight-forward presentation of USO servmoney? In a special informative letter to the Chests

ices in Vietnam of increased needs for 1968 will be and Funds from President General O'Donnell early in warmly reviewed by our Budget Committee." The Lake August, General O'Donnell said, "We think we can, and

Charles, Louisiana, Fund stated their appreciation for without resort to any special emergency appeal.... If the fine support USO has given to the United Way ery local United Fund and Community Chest allocates campaigns. "There is no other national agency that s "fair share" of the USO quota, we can honor our produces the same quality of highly visible support obligations to our servicemen without any supple

for the United Way as USO." North Attleboro, Massamental emergency appeal." This increase is within the

chusetts said, “USO's association as a member of our total budget approved by NBCC last spring. The re campaign lends prestige to our Community effort." sponse from our friends in Federation has been very Milwaukee, Wisconsin replied, "Your very informative heart warming.

letter is most helpful. It has been our practice to try

and carry our fair share and the attitude of our Board In a reply from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, The United

toward USO will continue to be favorable." Fund stated “We all realize the tremendous job the USO is doing and we want to give our full support."

In addition to this, an all-out effort is being made to The Warren County, Pennsylvania, Fund said, "We

conduct more USO campaigns in non-federated areas. recognize the increasing needs and have increased your General O'Donnell is very grateful to the many friends previous allocation 33%z%." From East St. Louis, Ili

of USO.

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THOMAS D'ARCY BROPHY

ctured above is the modern structure housing the new USO installation which opened July 11 at Taichung, Taiwan (Formosa). The club, located on the seventh and eighth floors of the building, offers a comfortable lounge and reading area, information center with snack bar facilities due for completion shortly. Formal dedication and opening ceremonies are scheduled for early fall. Mr. William Semkow is the Executive Director; it was through his ingenuity and hard work that this new club was made possible.

On July 29, while attempting to rescue two of his grandchildren from a rolling car parked at

supermarket, Thomas D'Arcy Brophy was killed. Mr. Brophy had been associated with USO since its inception, was a USO founder, and the first Chairman of the USO National Public Relations Committee. He continued to serve as an active member of the Board of Governors, frequently on the National Public Relations Committee, and during 1966 served as head of USO's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Committee. He never ceased to give of himself to carry out the purposes for which USO exists. With Mr. Brophy's death, USO has lost a close friend, an unstinting benefactor, and a tradition.

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