United Service Organizations

   Formed in 1941 by presidential order, the USO was established to provide “morale, welfare, and recreation-type services” for the millions of men and women who entered the U.S. armed forces during World War II. The USO brought together the work of the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community Service, National Travelers’ Aid Association, and National Jewish Welfare Board to establish centers in some 3,000 towns and cities offering support for service personnel. They provided entertainment at home and abroad and, by 1947, had put on more than 428,000 concerts and shows. The USO continued after the war and is still in existence.

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