RIP Robin Williams, a friend to service members
Above: A U.S. soldier poses with Robin Williams after a performance as part of a USO show at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 17, 2010. (Photo: AP Photo)
I don't usually blog about celebrities, but I think this one deserves a departure from that norm. I always found his stuff somewhat hit or miss, but his innumerable USO tours to shady places earned my respect.
Robin Williams participated in United Service Organization (USO) tours for more than a decade, entertaining troops in war zones from Afghanistan to Iraq to Kuwait. He made many trips to 13 different countries and performing stand-up routines for almost 90,000 troops. So the news of his death -- believed to be a suicide -- sent shock waves through the U.S. armed forces.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Monday that the entire Department of Defense community "mourns the loss" of the Hollywood figure.
"Robin was a gifted actor and comedian, but he was also a true friend and supporter of our troops," he said in a statement. "From entertaining thousands of service men and women in war zones, to his philanthropy that helped veterans struggling with hidden wounds of war, he was a loyal and compassionate advocate for all who serve this nation in uniform."
The USO added that "Robin circled the globe entertaining troops and families. He will always be a part of our USO family and will be sorely missed."
One of his USO shows was interrupted somewhat famously....
A lot of people are discussing his best works today, and posting clips. For me it has to be one of his two "Good" movies, Good Morning Vietnam where he played Adrian Cronauer or Good Will Hunting.
RIP sir. Thanks for all you did for my brothers and sisters in uniform.