|1st Troop Carrier Command, Sedalia Army Airfield, Knob Noster, MO|
|Bob Hope, Performed at Sedalia Army Airfield 5 June 1945 (WAFB Today)|
It was the also the last broadcast of the Pepsodent Show
Frances Langford and Bob Hope Performed at SAAF June 5, 1945
It was the last episode of the Peposodent Show
Warrensburg - Knob Noster Missouri
Sedalia Army Airfield SAAF
July 12, 2005
Frances Langford, a mellow contralto who ventured into combat zones with Bob Hope's troupe during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars to serenade tens of thousands of servicemen with ballads that reminded them of the girls they left behind,died yesterday at her home in Jensen Beach, Fla. She was 92. Her death was announced by her lawyer, Evans Crary Jr., The Associated Press reported. Although she regarded herself as more of a singer than an actress, she appeared in roughly 30 films and was half of the successful radio comedy duo "The Bickersons," in which she and Don Ameche played a mismatched, querulous couple. He was devoted to ignoring her and concentrating on sleeping, the only time in the day, he said, when he felt alive; she was an insomniac who needed him as a refuge because she couldn't get to sleep. The show became so popular that it received a Sunday night spot of its own. But among radio listeners, moviegoers and later a vast audience of G.I.'s, Miss Langford was known for songs like "I'm in the Mood for Love," "You Are My Lucky Star" and "Hooray for Hollywood."Mr. Hope thought of her as one of his three gypsies -- entertainers who were willing, like him, to travel all over the globe to entertain the troops. The other two were Jerry Colonna, a bulgy-eyed comic who liked to sing "On the Road to Mandalay," and Tony Romano, a guitarist who sang, arranged and accompanied other talent. Mr. Hope recalled her with characteristic snip: "She knows just how much sex to pour and still be dignified." The troops frequently asked Miss Langford to sing "I'm in the Mood for Love," a ballad by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, her hit record from an otherwise forgettable 1935 movie, "Every Night at Eight," which was mostly a vehicle for George Raft and Alice Faye."The greatest thing in my life was entertaining the troops," Miss Langford told The Palm Beach Post years later. She said she was fascinated as well as frightened by being in or close to combat zones. On one occasion, near Bizerte in North Africa, she saw six planes shot down. On two occasions she was in planes that developed engine trouble; one of them crash-landed in New South Wales, Australia, on a flight from Guadalcanal. The other plane landed safely, but not before Miss Langford volunteered to don a parachute and jump.Frances Langford was born April 6, 1913, in Lakeland, Fla., the daughter of Vasco Langford, a carpenter, and his wife, Anna, who was an accomplished pianist. She attended music college briefly but dropped out and began to work in vaudeville. Her first big break came after her mother drove her to Miami and convinced Rudy Vallee, then a popular star of stage and screen, to listen to her. He liked what he heard, asked her to sing on his radio show and even helped her get a start in New York. A small part in a Broadway musical led to radio appearances and a string of movie musicals.In 1941, Miss Langford made her first appearance on Mr. Hope's radio show, and the visits to the troops started shortly thereafter. She also wrote a column for Hearst newspapers, recounting some of her experiences as an entertainer in wartime.After the war, she was featured on a radio variety show and returned to nightclub work. She was married three times, first to the actor Jon Hall, from whom she was later divorced, and then to Ralph Evinrude, the manufacturer of outboard motors. They settled in Florida and started a marina, restaurant and gift shop near her 400-acre estate at Jensen Beach. She became more interested in sailing and fishing than singing, but on occasion she would sing at the restaurant.Mr. Evinrude died in 1986. In 1994, she married Harold Stuart, an assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Truman administration, who survives her.
June 5, 1945
Germany Borders Reset: The United States, Great Britain, France, and Russia formally strip Germany of all conquests it acquired under Nazi rule . The "Big Four" reduced the country's borders to those of which it held in 1937. They also set up a military government over the country while getting the country's unconditional surrender.