(FOX NEWS) – Bob Hope embodied many things in Hollywood, but to his daughter and family friend, he was a proud patriot who never forgot those who served our country.
The entertainer dedicated much of his nearly 80-year career to entertaining American troops both at home and abroad, USO.org reported. Whether it was performing on the front lines, befriending injured soldiers or personally writing heartfelt letters home, he was committed to using his talents to give thanks for their sacrifice. And he remained friends with many of those he encountered over the years.
"At the height of [WWII] Bob Hope was receiving 38,000 letters a week," Martha Bolton told Fox News. "And these weren’t ordinary fan letters. These were letters written to their buddy, their pal, their dad, meaning Bob Hope. And it was just this connection that he had with the guys that went far beyond any kind of a celebrity fan connection. It was like family. They were his family... They were his closest family."
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