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Bob Holiday was proud of the time he served in the U.S. Military. A twist of fate—the end of the Korean War—allowed Bob's talents to shine.

From Superman on Broadway by Bob Holiday and Chuck Harter, c.2003

I entered the Army and was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey in the Infantry division Fortunately, the Korean War ended the week I finished basic training. I was re-assigned to Germany, where I was a disc jockey for the Armed Forces Network, which was a lot of fun.

Interestingly, Patricia Marand—the future Broadway Lois Lane—made a couple of recordings for the Department of Defense. (You can hear one of them here.) I suppose it's unlikely, but I like to imagine that in his role as a disc jockey for the Army, Bob might have played one or more of Patricia's Department of Defense records.

I also got a chance to perform at various Army bases in the NCO Clubs, doing my impressions and singing. It was great training, and I was starting to really polish my craft.
I got out of the army in 1954 and knew that my future lay as an entertainer.

Serving the the Army was a foundational event in Bob's life. To the end of his days, he held great respect for the military and the United States government.
On this Independence Day, let's all thank the veterans in our lives for serving this great nation.

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Superman on Broadway, ©2003 Bob Holiday and Chuck Harter, page 11
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