A very special treat today. The grandfather of one of C.C.’s admirers, Michael Hart, took this photograph of Marylin Monroe when she performed for U.S. troops in 1954. Performance has long been used as both a salve for homesick American troops abroad, as well as, like this week in what is now North Korea, diplomatic exchange. A detailed caption follows.
Marilyn Monroe performs for U.S. troops in Korea in February 1954. Monroe was quoted after the performance as saying, “It’s the first time I felt like a star in my heart.”
This photograph was taken by Ssgt. Wayne Hart from his vantage point amongst his fellow soldiers. He wasn’t a professional photographer, just a GI with a camera. My recollection is that it was an old Atom. I found the images among his negatives in 1981 and printed them in the darkroom of The Times-Picayune, where I was director of photography. I returned the negatives to my father just a year before his death in 1982. It was the last time I saw the negatives. Fortunately, I kept several prints.
Robert W. Hart