For three consecutive years beginning in 1993, the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) in cooperation with the Legion and other veterans, hosted a “Military Ball and USO Show” as part of a commemoration of World War II at the Armory. (The United Service Organization formed in 1941, is a non-profit organization designed to lift the morale of the military and nourish support on the home front. Entertaining the troops is a big part of the USO’s activities.)
Beginning with a Color Guard of county veterans at 7:00 p.m. the USO show presented the “Almost Sisters” (a take-off on the Andrews Sisters, a nationally popular close harmony singing group from Minneapolis). Then came musician Wayne Hunstead, the Schell’s Hobo Band, 1940’s style vocalists, and a variety show. Hal Nelson’s Band from Mankato played Big Band sounds for dancing and listening until 11:00 p.m.
The event was a fund-raiser for the BCHS exhibit “WW II: A World in Flames.” Tickets were $5 per person. Persons wearing part or all of their uniform received free coffee, doughnuts, and refreshments typical of a USO event.
EDITOR: George L. Glotzbach
CREDITS: Opal Dewanz