Friday, February 16, 2007

When Hollywood Went to War

And Fought For, not Against, The United States of America.

From a comment from Limerick on

Eddie Albert - U.S. Navy … Saw combat on Saipan and Tarawa. Earned the Bronze Star.

Gene Autry – U.S. Army Air Corps … Flew cargo planes in China, Burma and India

Humphrey Bogart – U.S. Navy … Wounded in World War I, he tried to
enlist after Pearl Harbor but was turned down because of his age.

Neville Brand - U.S. Army … Wounded in action

Jackie Coogan – U.S. Army Air Corps … Volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group

James Daly – U.S. Army and U.S. Navy

Sammy Davis, Jr. – U.S. Army … Assigned to Special Services Command

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. – U.S. Navy … Served on a battleship and as a
commando raider. Helped to organize the forerunners of today’s Navy

Henry Fonda - U.S. Navy … Served aboard a destroyer in the Pacific. Earned a Bronze Star for Valor.

Glenn Ford – U.S. Marine Corps … Earned a number of citations and
awards for combat action. After the war, he transferred his commission
to the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Clark Gable – U.S. Army Air Corps … Enlisted in 1942 at age 41.
Volunteered for combat duty and flew missions over Germany. Earned the
Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Charlton Heston – U.S. Army Air Corps … B-25 gunner; saw action in the Pacific.

William Holden – U.S. Army Air Corps … Served 1942-1945. His brother, a U.S. Navy pilot, was killed in the Pacific in 1944.

Brian Keith – U.S. Marine Corps … Saw combat on Rabal

Werner Klemperer – U.S. Army … Stationed in Hawaii as a Military
Policeman, he auditioned for and was accepted into Maurice Evans’
Special Services unit.

Nancy Kulp – U.S. Navy … Served as a Navy WAVE

Bert Lancaster – U.S. Army … Served in Tunisia and Italy

Tim McCoy - Served in both World War I and World War II

Ed McMahon – U.S. Marine Corps … Became a fighter pilot in 1944.
Recalled to active duty in 1952 for the Korean War and flew 85 combat

Burgess Meredith – U.S. Army Air Corps

Glenn Miller – U.S. Army … Assigned to the Army Specialist Corps.
Convinced the Military that he could modernize the Army Band and
improve the morale of the troops. Organized the Glenn Miller Army Air
Force Band. His plane disappeared on 15 December 1944 over the English

Robert Montgomery – U.S. Navy … Enlisted in the British Military
before American joined the war and drove ambulances in France until the
Dunkirk invasion. When America entered the war, he joined the U.S. Navy
and served as a Naval Attaché on British destroyers hunting German
U-Boats. He commanded a PT boat and participated in the D-Day invasion
aboard a destroyer.

Wayne Morris – U.S. Navy … Flew 57 combat missions in the Pacific.
Shot down seven Japanese aircraft, becoming an “Ace”. Credited with
assisting the sinking of five Japanese warships.

Lee Powell – U.S. Marine Corps … Saw action at Tarawa and Saipan before being killed in action in the Marianas.

Tyrone Power – U.S. Marine Corps … Enlisted immediately after Pearl Harbor. Flew wounded Marines from Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Gene Raymond - Served in both World War II and Vietnam

Ronald Reagan – U.S. Army Air Corps … Enlisted in the Army Reserve
in 1937; commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and was called to active duty in
1942. Because of a hearing loss, he was not allowed to fly, so he was
assigned to make training films.

John Russell – U.S. Marine Corps … Wounded at Guadalcanal

Robert Ryan - U.S. Marine Corps … Served with the O.S.S. in Yugoslavia

Rod Serling – U.S. Army … Severely wounded by shrapnel during the invasion of the Philippines

Jimmy Stewart – U.S. Army Air Corps … Flew B-17 and B-24 combat
missions, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, France’s
Croix de Guerre and 7 Battle Stars. His son, 1st Lt. Ronald McLean, was
killed in Vietnam in 1969.

Lewis Stone - Served in the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II


Now how do you leave off this list the most decorated soldier in WWII:

Audie Murphy - US Army .. 7 campaigns, was awarded every possible medal including the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Another commenter noted that Lee Marvin was a US Marine.

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