A Look Back at Robin Williams' Commitment to US Troops

The generous comedian loved performing for the men and women in uniform.
3:06 | 08/12/14

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Test Text1 italics Test All life, answer, that you are here. That life exists an identity, that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute to the universe. Profound words this morning. 7:43 now and robin Williams so good on the big screen, so generous off the screen of the we've been saying it all morning, sort of the bob hope of his generation touring with the USO and ABC's Martha Raddatz has more on what he gave the men and women in uniform. Good morning, Vietnam! Reporter: Playing the air force disc jockey Adrian crow nature he made the troops laugh in "Good morning, Vietnam." Good morning, Virginia. Robin Williams made instant connections with our troops wherever he went. He traveled to war Zones, entertaining close to 100,000 of our troops in 13 countries during his USO tours. Photo. Merry Christmas. Reporter: After his shows he'd always stick around, seeking out those who couldn't come to the main event. He'd go to the guard towers. He'd go to the dining falls. He'd go to the security police who couldn't come to the show because they were on duty. And he would spend time with them individually. That was very moving. Reporter: And for the veterans and especially the injured back home, Williams used comedy as therapy telling our own bob woodruff during a fund-raising stand up for heroes event in 2012 -- I'm so honored to meet them and know what they've gone through and say, hey, dude, this is just something that really humbles me. Reporter: Another humbling moment for Williams came during a performance in Kuwait in 2007. Uh-oh. Reporter: The soldiers knew that bugle meant the flag was being lowered. Williams wasn't sure why the troops were turning their backs on him but he, of course, found humor in ha moment. I'm not going to forget that. I've never had an entire audience go, forget you. I was also wondering what's coming from that way. Reporter: Williams would joke about that for years to come. But you could always see that pride in our troops, that respect and they always gave it back. I just want to say, thank you to all our men and women serving our country. Thank you very much. General ham who you saw in that piece traveled with him on USO tours and said to me of Williams, he loved the troops. They loved him and the general added, I did too. David. So powerful. I love that moment when they turn around. Never had an entire audience -- He was just so quick. It's happened to us all.

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