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Korea USO Tour

February 1954 (Korea)
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        In tough times Hollywood stars have always seemed to rise to the occasion selflessly, going the extra mile, literally, to entertain the troops that are defending our countries freedoms.

        Marilyn Monroe was one such performer. Despite Marilyns profound fear of live performances she rose above her phobia to provide a few hours of joy to over 100.000 homesick servicemen in Korea. She delighted the audience with her singing, dancing and charming banter. She was voted the number one pin-up during the Korea war and she honored that title by entertaining troops on the war front and visiting them at bedside in near by hospitals.

        It was in February 1954, during her honeymoon to Joe DiMaggio that Marilyn decided to drop in on the soldiers in Korea. It was a trip that she would later recall with enormous fondness, a time when she realized she was truly a star.

       Marilyn did end up performing "Diamonds" but not before borrowing some jewelry from the wife of Frank "Lefty" O"Doul.Another song Marilyn preformed was "Do It Again." However, considering that the lyrics may be too suggestive they changed it to, "Kiss Me Again.

        Before Marilyn left Korea, the Far East Command presented her with a silver medallion in appreciation for both her performing tour in Korea and her hospital visits in Japan.Marilyn was in Korea from February 16, 1954 through February 19, 1954.

more information: Marilyn Monroe in Korea; a rare photo of Marilyn in Korea; About Korean war;Photographs by David Geary or David Geary´s site; Calendar 2002 in Amazon (photos of Marilyn in Korea)
look at these high quality videos about this event:

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