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Veterans Recall Bob Hope's Inspiration, Dedication

LOS ANGELES, July 28 - Bob Hope traveled millions of miles during his career. He took his comedy to military bases around the world. Hope brought laughter and encouragement to thousands of troops.

Dozens of Huntsville veterans who served in World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam saw Hope's traveling show.

"He was a great entertainer," Veteran Paul Dalton said.

Veterans like Dalton and others at the Tut Fann State Veterans home remember Hope's inspiration and slick one-liners.

"When he walked on the stage everybody went to laughing. I don't care whether he said  anything or not," Veteran Ferrell Sparks said.

"It was great - he had all the girls you wanted to see and he put on a good show," said Thomas Tuggle.

"We never missed him, he was a great entertainer and very inspirational," Veteran Bennie Martin said.

Not only inspiring, but Hope could be described as dedicated. Veteran Giles Anderson remembers this Bob Hope show years ago in Vietnam:

"Down in the delta, in Vietnam in '68, that's the last time I saw him. And he was putting on a show across the Nikon-Delta River and mortars were falling on the other side. We had gunships patrolling we were in danger but he was putting on a show," Anderson said.

Huntsville businessman Gabe Nieto knew Bob Hope through his friend: entertainer Tony Orlando:

"It's a tremendous loss in so many ways. For me, I know my friend Tony is probably hurting today because they became really good friends. Bob Hope helped so many young talents become who they are today," Nieto said.

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