Monday, July 3, 2017
Carole During World War 2
During World War 2 Carole spent more time visiting troops than any other actress. She took time off from her career and dedicated herself to the war effort. Carole toured the country selling war bonds and entertained soldiers all over the world. The press called her "a heroine" and "pride of the yanks". 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." Carole joined the Hollywood Victory Committee and worked tirelessly with the Red Cross, the Naval Aid Auxiliary, and Bundles for Blue Jackets. She also collected cigarettes for the soldiers, 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. When she went to Camp Bowie for a three day appearance in 1942 she danced with hundreds of soldiers, sang fifteen songs, and signed more than one thousand autographs.
In September of 1942 she visited the Mare Island Navy Yard where she sang for the injured men in the hospital ward. Carole became one of the soldier's favorite pin-up girls and they nicknamed her "The Blonde Bomber". When she appeared on the Command Performance radio show a soldier stationed overseas requested that she "just sigh" into the microphone. In November 1942 Carole started 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 1944 book Four Jills In A Jeep Carole was a hostess at the Hollywood Canteen and she invited soldiers to her Santa Monica beach house every weekend. 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 Linda Darnell