Founded in the 1940s – History of the USO

Ever since the 1940s, the USO (United Service Organizations) has existed to provide recreational, entertainment and morale-lifting services to U.S. military service personnel worldwide. Although a non-profit and non-government organization, the USO is in partnership with the Department of Defense, which provides funding and logistics. Private and public contributions are also majorly involved in supporting the USO, which is commonly …

Around Town – 1940s Home Movies

This video was sent by one of our regular readers, and captures a moment of time in the 1940s in Concordia, MO. It is a compilation of home movies and shows scenes of people around town, a sewer project, a WWII scrap drive, Concordia High School, and Davis Creek flooding. It is about 10-1/2 minutes long (no sound) and you …

WWII – Airplane Nose Art

Rebellious individualism, American style. It quickly became a sense of great pride and identity for our fighting soldiers to paint the nose of their aircraft during WWII, and it evolved from crews pasting pages from magazines like Esquire and Look onto the plane.  The paintings reflected the spirit of the times, and it was a way for our soldiers to express individuality while serving in a military filled with uniformity. It gave …