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It is only fitting that one our our Nation's greatest heroes should be introduced by another of our Nation's heroes.  Please welcome one of our Country's youngest living Medal of Honor Recipients:

Peter C. Lemon
Medal of Honor, U.S. Army, Vietnam

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It was in Lai Khe, Vietnam, the day before Christmas 1969.  Just days before, two of our five man hunter teams had been ambushed by the enemy and most of the guys were wounded, three of them badly.  It was the evening of the big show.  We wanted front row seats for every man on those teams.   We headed over to the make-shift outdoor ampitheater which was being guarded by the military police.  We convinced them, although I remember they were somewhat reluctant, to give up their guard position and we would take over.

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The way I remember it, no one argued with I Company Rangers, but that could be an exaggeration.  In any event, we did take over the outdoor theater enabling our wounded comrades to have front row seats.

To us, the show was the biggest show on earth.  It was the Bob Hope Show.  His name speaks to the meaning of the show:  hope.  It was our direct connection to home and the hope that we and our buddies would make it home alive.   He allowed us to sing with laughter in a situation where many times there was nothing to laugh about.

Bob Hope was indeed and has always been the "Hope of Life" for those young men and woman fighting in war.  That's why it was so important that we made room for our buddies in the front row.  I'm sure during the show they completely forgot about their crutches, wheelchairs, wounds and the battle.   Thank you Mr. Bob Hope for my guys and the tens of millions you touched in the military.

YOU are a Veteran's Veteran!

Please join me in welcoming to the Hall of Heroes,
Mr. Bob Hope

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Click on Mr. Hope's Picture to
Join him in one more Christmas Visit with the Troops



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A very special "Thank You" to DEB ACKLEY who sequenced the midi for Mr. Hope's theme song especially for this page.  Visit her site to find thousands of midi files.



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