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Frank Kania was photographer for several USO shows during World War II. Here, in August 1944, Patty Thomas and Bob Hope entertain the troops.

Frank Kania holds a bomb referring to the Japanese general in the middle photo, flanked by photos of his brothers Edward and Johnny during their service in World War II..

Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod was among the guests at Frank Kania's 100th birthday party.

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Frank Kania was photographer for several USO shows during World War II. Here, in August 1944, Francis Langford and Bob Hope entertain the troops.

Frank Kania was photographer for several USO shows during World War II. Here, in August 1944, Bob Hope entertain the troops.

Frank Kania was photographer for several USO shows during World War II. Here, in August 1944, Bob Hope, Patty Thomas, Francis Langford entertain the troops.

Frank Kania was photographer for several USO shows during World War II. Here, in August 1944, Jerry Colonna, Bob Hope and guitarist Tony Romano entertain the troops.

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Frank Kania was photographer for several USO shows during World War II. Here, in August 1944, Bob Hope entertains the troops.

Frank Kania was photographer for several USO shows during World War II. Here, in August 1944, Patty Thomas and guitarist Tony Romano entertain the troops.

Frank Kania was photographer for several USO shows during World War II. Here, in November 1943, Phyllis Brooks and Gary Cooper entertain the troops.

Frank Kania was photographer for several USO shows during World War II. Here, in November 1943, Phyllis Brooks, Gary Cooper and Una Merkle entertain the troops

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Frank Kania was the life of the party at his 100th birthday bash, held Aug. 2 at the assisted living facility in Hoffman Estates where he lived. "He was so sharp and had a great sense of humor," Mayor Bill McLeod said. Just eight days later, Kania died.
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