More than 600 Marines and sailors aboard USS Bataan, docked in
Naples, and another 600 airmen and family members at Aviano Air
Base celebrated the season Dec. 21, watching Defense Secretary
William S. Cohen's third annual holiday tour and USO show. Two
congressmen, a corporate executive, two comedians, singers and
dancers appeared on the ship's hangar deck for the first show
at noon, and later that evening in an aircraft hangar in Aviano.
MTV's Downtown Julie Brown bantered and joked with one and
all. Superbowl hero Terry Bradshaw threw footballs into the crowd
and tipped his hat in respect to the armed forces. Six Dallas
Cowboy Cheerleaders strutted their stuff, steppin' out and kickin'
high. Super model Christie Brinkley shed a military-style flightsuit
to reveal a cherry-red cocktail dress and sparkling spike heels.
And the show went on -- with more sports stars, Alan Franken's
racy jokes, Mary Chapin Carpenter's country music, Ruth Pointer's
soulful rendition of "It's a Wonderful World," and John
Carroll and Mary Ann Redmond's rhythm and blues.
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