The Hollywood Canteen operated between October 3,
1942, and November 22, 1945 as a club offering food,
dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on
their way overseas. A serviceman's ticket for
admission was his uniform and everything at the canteen
was free of charge.
Stars volunteered to wait on tables, cook in the
kitchen and clean up. One of the highlights for a
serviceman was to dance with one of the many female
celebrities volunteering at the Canteen.