G.I.s honor Rita Hayworth during a ceremony in Washington, June 11, 1945.
In an overseas poll American GIs recently conferred the title of “No.1 Back Home Glamour Girl” on Rita Hayworth. At a presentation ceremony at Walter Reed Hospital, which Miss Hayworth attended, Pvt. Martin Leeds of the Bronx made a speech and awarded her a GI “Oscar” because her “sheer loveliness and her willingness to share that loveliness through the medium of the screen with millions of warsick and lonely GIs has contributed immeasurably to the morale of the fighting men.”Accepting the award, Miss Hayworth stepped up and kissed Private Leeds. Later in her lavish Hollywood home she posed for a new picture which fully confirmed the GI verdict. Life Magazine July 16, 1945