Entertainment for the Troops

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Chocolate Soldier

As mentioned in the previous blog entries, the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation (HRPE) was an extremely busy nexus of activity during World War II. It wasn’t all hard work, though. Camp Patrick Henry was an Army base at HRPE where troops stayed before leaving for overseas or as a stop on their way home. They also hosted concerts and programs to entertain those troops.

One such event occurred on January 10, 1943. Gray Gordon and his Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra came to the Camp and hosted a show that included music, comedy, magic, and dance acts of all kinds. The US Signal Corps photographers took full advantage of this and we are lucky enough to have a wonderful collection of this wide variety of performances.   Read more

Doc Holloway Does Ironclads Differently

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Grand-March

Think you know everything there is to know about your favorite Civil War ironclads and the Battle of Hampton Roads? Well, can you sing me a tune about the Monitor? Or how about recite some poetry about the Virginia?

Have I stumped you yet?   Read more

Posters, part 4

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ln4

A couple of months ago I shared images of posters in our collection.  Photographing all of the posters is one of my goals this year as I know that we have some pretty fantastic ones and it would be great to have updated photographs of all of them.  When the project is completed, the photos will be entered into our database where they will be available to anyone searching our collection online.  I’ve recently been able to work on the project again, so I thought I would share some more posters!

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