For men so far from home, the highlight of August 1944 was the Bob Hope USO show. Started in 1941, United Service Organizations met the recreation needs of military personnel on leave in the States, but it was not long before the shows entertained men at stateside bases as well. Following America’s entrance into World War II, the USO shows went overseas and Bob Hope made his first tour in 1942. He entertained the men at Owi Island on August 24, 1944. While he was there, he christened the 64th Bomb Squadron B-24, BOB’S HOPE.