Carole During World War 2


"No one who has ever seen how starved the boys are for the sight and sound of an American girl could rest until she was back doing her ludicrously little to make them happy, to make their lives easier." ~ Carole

During World War 2 Carole spent more time visiting troops than any other actress! She took time off from her film career and dedicated herself to the war effort. Carole toured the country selling war bonds and entertained soldiers all over the world. She joined the Hollywood Victory Committee and worked tirelessly with the Red Cross, the Naval Aid Auxiliary, and Bundles for Blue Jackets. Carole became one of the soldier's favorite pin-up girls and they affectionately nicknamed her "The Blonde Bomber". She told reporters "It's not only a duty, it's a lark. Even if your clothes are wrinkled, your face is chapped to the ears and you're deaf from flying in bombers, it's like home when you come down in the midst of Americans. It's living such as I have never known back here."

 


With Linda Darnell

Carole became an Air Raid Warden, a commander in the Aerial Nurses Corps, and an honorary Colonel in the American Legion. She also taught first aid and donated blood as often as she was allowed. Carole NEVER turned down a request to help and visited more than two hundred military bases across the United States. During a three day appearance at Camp Bowie she danced with hundreds of soldiers, sang fifteen songs, and signed more than one thousand autographs. When she visited the Mare Island Navy Yard she sang for the injured men in the hospital ward. In 1942 she went on a five month tour of Europe and Africa with actresses  Mitzi Mayfair, Kay Francis, and Martha Raye. She met her husband, Major Tommy Wallace, during this tour and she wrote about her experiences in her book Four Jills In A Jeep.

 

With Gilbert Roland

At the camp shows Carole refused to perform in front of segregated audiences. She insisted that the black soldiers be allowed to sit with the white soldiers. Carole volunteered as a hostess at the Hollywood Canteen and entertained soldiers at her Santa Monica beach house every weekend. She also auctioned off her favorite opal ring to raise money for the war effort. When Carole went on the Command Performance radio show a soldier requested that she "just sigh" into the microphone. In June of 1944 she began a two month U.S.O. tour with Jack Benny, singer Martha Tilton, harmonica player Larry Adler, and pianist June Bruner. During their camp shows Carole sang and jitterbugged with the boys. She spent much of her time visiting wounded soldiers and she wrote hundreds of letters to their families.


With Marlene Dietrich

Jack Benny said "You soon forgot she was Carole Landis, the sex symbol, the Hollywood star, the sweater girl, because she was a real human being and had a warm heart that spilled over with kindness".  During their tour of the South Pacific Carole almost died when she contracted malaria and amoebic dysentery. She was hospitalized for several weeks and lost more than fifteen pounds. Unfortunately she would suffer with these illnesses for the rest of her life. Carole traveled more than one hundred thousand miles during the war. She performed for soldiers in Australia, Brazil, Algeria, Bermuda, Scotland, England, New Guinea, Ireland, Guam, and New Zealand. Carole said "Whatever we do for soldiers can't be enough in return for what they do for us. They are wonderful!"




                                                            


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