May 7, 2018

'Slapsie Maxie': The USO Show for the Korean War in 1954

Founded in 1941 by Mary Ingraham in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) is a nonprofit organization that provides live entertainment, such as comedians and musicians, and other programs to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.

During World War II, the USO became the G.I.'s 'home away from home' and began a tradition of entertaining the troops that continues today. After disbanding in 1947, it was revived in 1950 for the Korean War, after which it also provided peacetime services. During the Vietnam War, USOs were sometimes located in combat zones.

'Slapsie Maxie' was an ex-boxer named Max Rosenbloom, who was a nightclub owner, and comedian. His co-star was Gloria Pall, an aspiring actress who had a moment of notoriety later in 1954 when she starred as 'Voluptua' in a TV show.

These snapshots from m20wc51 are a part of slides taken by U.S. Army photographer Edward Jay, 25th Replacement Co, 25th Inf. Division, US Army in 1954.

Gloria Pall, 'Slapsie Maxie' and other performers, Korea, April 1954

Gloria Pall, 'Slapsie Maxie' and other performers, Korea, April 1954

Gloria Pall and Max Rosenbloom, Korea, April 1954

Performers at the 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

Performers at the 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

Performers at the 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

Performers at the 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

The 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

The 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

The 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

The 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

U.S. soldiers at 'Slapsie Maxie' show, Korea, April 1954

U.S. soldiers at 'Slapsie Maxie' show, Korea, April 1954

U.S. soldiers at 'Slapsie Maxie' show, Korea, April 1954

U.S. soldiers at 'Slapsie Maxie' show, Korea, April 1954

At the 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

At the 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954

Blonde bombshell Gloria Pall in Korea, April 1954

Blonde bombshell Gloria Pall in Korea, April 1954

Gloria Pall and Max Rosenbloom, Korea, April 1954

Gloria Pall and 'Slapsie Maxie', Korea, April 1954

Gloria Pall at 'Slapsie Maxie' show in Korea, April 1954






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