Broadcast on December 18, 1945, the Bob Hope Christmas show for 1945 gives an interesting insight into America as it observed its first peacetime Christmas in five years. Hope mentions product shortages in his jokes and in a skit the housing shortage comes up. His guest star was actor Wayne Morris. Morris had served as a Navy flier, shooting down seven Japanese planes and contributing to the sinking of five ships, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He earned four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. A rising star before the War, Morris never recovered from putting his career on hiatus during the War. He spent the rest of his career mostly in low budget Westerns. He died of a heart attack in 1959 at age 45 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.