Late comedian Bob Hope has been inducted into the RESERVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION MINUTEMAN HALL OF FAME as a tribute to his 50 years of entertaining military troops overseas.

Hope's son KELLY accepted the award at Saturday's (27SEP03) banquet, saying his late father took his show on the road to thank the troops for their efforts in defending freedom.

Hope's traditional Christmas tours began in 1948, when he entertained soldiers in Berlin, Germany. His last visit was during OPERATION DESERT SHIELD in 1990.

Other famous honorees include former American presidents John F Kennedy and HARRY S TRUMAN.

Hope was 100 when he died of pneumonia at his Toluca Lake, California, home on 28 July (03).

01/10/2003 09:49