Photographs by Paul Cauley, 1971

Door Gunner, A Co 101st Avn

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These photos were recently captioned by Bellinda Myrick-Barnett , former Miss Texas, her comments are;

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" to Vietnam in 1971 (we traveled across the country for one month performing on the actual better stages such as the SCREAMING EAGLES STAGE and makeshift staging at Fire Support bases that included a piece of plywood one time and a piece of corrugate metal during and right after a rainstorm with the metal being placed over the mud.  I have the most incredible black and white picture from that day.....it's just a picture of 2 pairs of boots on that piece of corrugated metal taken during the part of the show where we have guys from the audience dance with us.....this picture shows a pair of Army boots next to a pair of white Go Go boots on the metal on the mud nothing more than the boots, the metal, and the mud.)
 
(1.)  "MISS AMERICA"          - Phyllis GEORGE, (dark brown hair in 2 side ponytails)
(2.) "MISS ARKANSAS"     - Donna CONNELLY, (shoulder length dark brown hair)
(3.) "MISS ARIZONA"          - Karen SHIELDS, (light brown hair past the shoulders)
(4.)  "MISS IOWA"                  - Cheryl BROWN, (short curly black hair, the only black woman in the group and a dear friend during that trip that, unfortunately, I have lost contact with but must try to track her down.  She has gone down in the history books regarding "Black History" because she was the first black woman to ever win a state title in the "MISS AMERICA PAGEANT" which had for decades not allowed black women to compete at all.
(5.) "MISS NEVADA"           - Vicky Jo TODD, (the only red head in the group,) (Vicky Jo was a bridesmaid at my wedding which took place in Reno, Nevada where I was performing at the time.  We actually married on December 30, 1975 in a wonderful 100 year old Episcopal Church and had our wedding reception at Jessie Beck's Riverside Inn where I was singing. 
(6.) "MISS NEW JERSEY"  -  Hela YUNGST, (long black hair)
(7.) "MISS TEXAS"               -  Bellinda MYRICK, (I'm the only blonde)
 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right: "MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY, "MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, "MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST, "MISS AMERICA' - Phyllis GEORGE, "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN, and "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

In the Front: "MISS AMERICA" - Phyllis GEORGE

From Left to Right in the Back Row"

"MISS ARKANSAS," Donna CONNELLY, "MISS NEVADA" - VICKY JO TODD, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, "MISS NEW JERSEY," Hela YUNGST, "MISS TEXAS" - Bellinda MYRICK, "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK, "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN, (she's sort of behind >) "MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST, "MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN," "MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK, "MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK,"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE , "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, "MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY, (mostly out of frame on right)

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK,"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE , "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, "MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK,"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE , "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, "MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

Front Row at microphone: "MISS AMERICA" - Phyllis GEORGE

From left to right on Back Row:

""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK, "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, "MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY, (is totally out of frame on the far right)

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK,"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE , "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, "MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY

(TAKING A BOW: I don't know if we were doing "THE WAVE" while we took a bow of if we were just 'off'...if so....it looks like I'm the ring leader of the 'off.'

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE , and

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

""MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY, MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS,

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK,"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE , (mostly out of frame on far right)

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE, (signing autograph)

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE, (signing autograph)

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE and 101st Base Commander most likely

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS NEW JERSEY," Hela YUNGST, (half out of shot to left,) and "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS IOWA," Cheryl BROWN, (partial out of frame on far left,) "MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY, "MISS ARKANSAS," Karen SHIELDS

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

During this part of the show, we would go into the crowd of soldiers and pick out one to dance with each of us on stage. In the foreground of this picture with their backs to the camera.

"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE , ""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, and "MISS ARKANSAS," Donna CONNELLY

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

From left to right:

"MISS NEW JERSEY" - Hela YUNGST,""MISS NEVADA" - Vicky Jo TODD, "MISS ARIZONA" - Karen SHIELDS, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK,(mostly blocked in center,) "MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE , "MISS ARKANSAS" - Donna CONNELLY, "MISS IOWA" - Cheryl BROWN

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

"MISS ARIZONA," Karen SHIELDS

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE, (signing autograph)

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

"MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE, saying hello and signing autographs

Photograph by Paul Cauley

"MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW" - 1971

Signing autographs after the show was over.

From Left to Right:

"MISS IOWA," Cheryl BROWN, "MISS TEXAS," Bellinda MYRICK, "MISS NEW JERSEY," Hela YUNGST, (back to camera,) "MISS AMERICA," Phyllis GEORGE

Photograph by Paul Cauley

Photograph by Paul Cauley

Photograph by Paul Cauley

 

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