BAGHDAD, Iraq – Some 7,000 U.S. soldiers sweated and swayed through a USO show in an aircraft hangar in Baghdad on Thursday, as several American celebrities competed for their attentions.
"It's still hot, it's still miserable but it gives us a chance to get away from the whole war in Baghdad," said U.S. Army Lt. Justin Morseth of Newark, Ohio.
Stars who flew to Baghdad for the show included singer Kid Rock (search), actor Gary Sinise (search), National Football League players Duce Staley and Jason P. Taylor and actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (search) and her husband, actor John Stamos.
The stars signed autographs and shook hands with the troops.
"These guys have done so much and I'm doing so little, but if a little bit can help a lot that's what I want to do," Sinise said.
In a poignant moment, Sinise delivered a letter from Morseth's wife. Sinise had been corresponding with Morseth, the stepson of a friend from a Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, which Sinise founded.