After the U.S. entered World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt made numerous trips overseas to boost the spirits of troops and to inspect Red Cross facilities. In late 1942 she accepted an invitation to visit England to see what British women were doing for the war effort and to convey a message of support from her husband to the American troops stationed there. While in England she visited several Red Cross service clubs and noted they were much appreciated by American GIs.
An American Red Cross worker described Mrs. Roosevelt as “a very gracious woman…she didn’t rush in and rush out. She mingled and sat down and talked with the troops.”