Bob Hope Performs for the Troops

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A little beyond the “Unconditional Surrender” statue recently posted is the collection of statues entitled “A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military” which presents various branches of the military gathered in front of Bob Hope as he entertains them.  He began this labor of love in 1943 and continued for 50 years.  One can see the USS Midway in the background.

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“Unconditional Surrender”

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“Unconditional Surrender” is that iconic statue by Seward Johnson that purportedly recreates the famous image taken in Times Square on V-J Day by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, which shows a World War II sailor passionately kissing a nurse to celebrate. People love to imitate the pose underneath the woman’s skirts.  The 25 ft tall statue is just south of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, and can also be seen from the ship.