Jayne and the Troops

What better way to celebrate the fourth than to look at Jayne’s time entertaining the troops? Jayne made sure to entertain our servicemen throughout her career and thought nothing of going into war zones to give our men in the service something to smile about. Jayne first performed for our men in uniform in while her husband was stationed in Georgia for army training. She performed in the popular skit show, “Anything Goes.” Once she reached stardom, Jayne continued showing support.

Bob Hope USO Christmas Tour of 1957

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Johnny Grant, Jayne, Bob Hope, Hedda Hopper, and Roscoe Ates

From 12/17 until 12/29, Jayne performed at numerous bases in Hawaii, Okinawa, Wake Island, Japan, Guam, and Korea. Jayne played a spy trying to extract information from Bob Hope in one of her skits as well as performing with Mickey Hargitay. The Los Angeles Times reported how Jayne stood out in the rain for servicemen to get a picture of or with her.

Bob Hope USO Christmas Tour of 1959

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From 12/21 – 12/28, Jayne performed for the troops in Alaska. Jayne performed a couple comedy skits, including one where she played a servicewoman trying to pick up servicemen. Jayne parents, Vera and Harry, were flown in by Bob Hope himself.

Bob Hope USO Christmas Tour of 1961

From 12/20-12/29 Jayne performed in Newfoundland, Labrador, and Baffin. Jayne’s performance in Romeo and Juliet can be seen below as well as a silent video in color of Jayne performing.

Jayne also made numerous appearances throughout the years including a 1966 Acapulco appearance, a six week tour in 1967 of Vietnam, and countless visits to military bases during her life when she was near them. Jayne’s last military visit was the day before her death, when she went down to visit the men of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.

(Jayne’s clip starts at the 0:56 mark)

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