Making of an Icon – John Wayne

Making of an Icon

Making of an Icon

Making of an IconAnnouncement Date : Jan 1 , 1944

The 1940’s for America was punctuated with conflict and major milestones in U.S. history.  Wayne was an avid and proud supporter of the U.S. military.  John Wayne made many trips to the front during World War II as part of the newly created United Services Organization (USO).


Wayne would send letters and pictures home to his children relaying his experiences.  While in the Pacific, he described entertaining the troops in an informal, open air ampitheater.  As the theater was temporary, there were no chairs and the servicemen would sit on the ground as far as the eye could see.


He described the sky as pitch black, only broken by a match or flashlight.  The picture shown was sent with a letter home from the war to his daughter Antonia (Toni) in which Wayne told his daughter, “They enjoy seeing us because it reminds them of home.”