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Bob Hope created some elusive memories at Camp Peary

Bob Hope created some elusive memories at Camp Peary

A 75th anniversary of a celebrity visit to this area was overlooked last year because many folks who knew about the event had passed away or forgot the details.

For years, older friends had reminisced about wartime visits to this area by Bob Hope and comedian Red Skelton, but the exact dates were elusive. Then, while searching for some material about Navy Seabees and their construction training facility near Williamsburg, the Hope story emerged.

A visit by Bob Hope, “the well-known comedian of stage and film fame,” was planned for Camp Peary “at the largest theater in the camp,” the Virginia Gazette announced in two sentences in its June 4, 1943, edition; no date, however, was...

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