ABOUT US
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After proudly serving US service members, retirees, and their families visiting Rome for more than 70 years, USO Rome will permanently close on June 3, 2019. We are grateful for the opportunity to have provided travel services in Rome, but as the USO has evolved our mission through the years towards more programs and services delivered in military communities, aboard military installations, and in deployed locations where we’re needed most, we must prioritize our resources accordingly. Additionally, over the last several years, USO Rome has served significantly fewer service members and their families, as technology and online platforms have changed the way that most travelers plan and book lodging and tours. The USO is committed to ensuring existing hotel and tour reservations are fulfilled as we make this transition.
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Our Story:
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Following the Allies liberation of Rome in June 1944, the first overseas "USO canteen" was established right here in the Eternal City.  The canteen served American troops in Rome in the midst of World War II.   Legend is that after the Allies freed Rome, Monsignor Walter J. Carroll rode his bicycle from the Vatican to Piazza Venezia to meet the commanding U.S. General Mark Clark in order to request an urgent meeting with Pope Pius XII.  The General insisted that he was not presentable to meet the Pope as he still needed a shower and a shave.  But the Monsignor insisted at the Pope's urgent request. 
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Eventually, they both rode back to the Vatican by bicycle.  The Pope warmly greeted and congratulated General Clark and then asked, "Now that we have so many American soldiers in Rome, what can we offer them 'to deliver them from evil' and keep them out of trouble in this town?"  The Pope then suggested a piece of Vatican real estate in front of St. Peter's to create an 'American Catholic club for Allied Forces' which evolved into the USO Rome Center, with the mission of creating and servicing a positive and healthy environment for U.S. Military personnel while in Rome.
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Over sixty years later, the USO’s commitment to be America’s link with her men and women in uniform has withstood the test of time and that is nowhere more true than in Rome. With the continued dedication of the USO legion of volunteers and charitable support from individuals and corporations, the USO and its Rome Center will provide its "touch of home" for as long as we have those in service to their country.

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