What Happened To The WW II Movie Stars?

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    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WW II MOVIE STARS​



    With the advent of World War II many of our actors went to fight rather than stand and rant against this country we all love.

    They gave up their wealth, position and fame to become service men & women, many as simple "enlisted men".

    This page lists but a few, but from this group of only 18 men came over 70 medals in honor of their valor, spanning from Bronze Stars, Silver Stars, Distinguish Service Cross', Purple Hearts and one Congressional Medal of Honor.

    Most of these brave men have since passed on.

    Real Hollywood Heroes


    Alec Guinness (Star Wars~Bridge over the River Kwai) operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.


    James Doohan ("Scotty" on Star Trek) landed in Normandy with the U. S. Army on D-Day.


    Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape) really was an R. A. F. pilot who was shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the Germans.


    David Niven was a Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy.


    James Stewart Entered the Army Air Force as a private and worked his way to the rank of Colonel. During World War II, Stewart served as a bomber pilot, his service record crediting him with leading more than 20 missions over Germany, and taking part in hundreds of air strikes during his tour of duty.

    Stewart earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, France's Croix de Guerre, and 7 Battle Stars during World War II.

    In peace time, Stewart continued to be an active member of the Air Force as a reservist, reaching the rank of Brigadier General before retiring in the late 1950's.


    Clark Gable (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out) Although he was beyond the draft age at the time the U.S. entered WW II
    Clark Gable enlisted as a private in the AAF on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles.
    He attended the Officers' Candidate School at Miami Beach, Fla. and graduated as a second lieutenant on Oct. 28, 1942. He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943 he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook where flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s.

    Capt. Gable returned to the U.S. in Oct. 1943 and was relieved from active duty as a major on Jun. 12, 1944 at his own request, since he was over-age for combat.


    Charlton Heston was an Army Air Corps Sergeant in Kodiak.


    Earnest Borgnine was a U. S. Navy Gunners Mate 1935-1945.


    Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart.


    Charles Bronson was a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps, more specifically on B-29s in the 20th Air Force out of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan.


    George C. Scott was a decorated U. S. Marine.


    Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV) was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action as a U. S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov. 1943.


    Brian Keith served as a U.S. Marine rear gunner in several actions against the Japanese on Rabaul in the Pacific.


    Lee Marvin was a U.S. Marine on Saipan during the Marianas campaign when he was wounded earning the Purple Heart.


    John Russell In 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he received a battlefield commission and was wounded and highly decorated for valor at Guadalcanal.


    Robert Ryan was a U.S. Marine who served with the OSS in Yugoslavia.


    Tyrone Power (an established movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed) joined the US. . Marines, was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded Marines out of, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.


    Audie Murphy, little 5'5" tall 110 pound guy from Bay City, Texas who played cowboy parts?

    Most decorated serviceman of W.W.II and earned: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals with "V", 2 Purple Hearts, U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 2 Distinguished Unit Emblems, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France) World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar, French Fo urragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier, French Croix de Guerre With Silver Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Medal of Liberated France, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm.

    So how do you feel the real heroes of the silver screen acted when compared to the hollywonks today who spray out anti-American drivel as they bite the hand that feeds them? Can you imagine these stars of yesteryear saying they hate our flag, making anti-war speeches, and marching in anti-American parades? I thought not, neither did I.
     
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    I remember when I was very young and I had heard Donald Pleasance died (I had been a fan of the movie Halloween at a young age) and cried. He was a damn good actor. I had no idea he fought for our country...that just makes me like him even more.

    Definitely loved Charlton Heston. He was a damn fine actor and I like him more for having served our country. Thanks for posting those names!

    Now to defend the anti-war movement going on now. I believe we had no right to be in Iraq. We had a lack of evidence of WMDs and we were lied to. Dont' get me wrong, it's nice to see Saddam out of power, but I can't escape this gut feeling that we're about to see someone worse go in. But that's a feeling that could very easily be wrong. However, we had no right. Maybe if it had been North Korea or Iran, I would've supported it. But we chose a country that had nothing to do with the damnable terrorists from Al Qaeda and had no WMDs. Speculate all you want that they hid them, but there are NO WMDs.
     
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    Korea:
    Bill Cosby...Navy Corpsman
    James Garner...US Army...Purple Heart
    Do Ho(Tiny Bubbles dude) Can ya believe this.....AF Lt...Flew C-97 Transports in support of Korean War...troop deployment-supplies...
    John Gavin...US Navy Air Intel Ofcr.
    Ed McMahon...flew 85 Missions

    Vietnam era:
    A little sparse...many Sports figures very few Hollywood types
    Pat Sayjak-US Army assigned as radio DJ,Vietnam
    Connie Stevens...USO supporter of troops...hoo rah...was in love with her!
    Bob Hope..USO big time supporter of troops!


    Here is a link of interest of Hollywood actors who are of the conservative ilk..

    www.fortliberty.org/hollywood/actors.shtml
     
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    Well, not unless you count mustard gas, sarin, and VX. If those are WMDs, then Iraq has plenty. They also had a few Al Qaida connections, though most terroristm connections were with Hamas. The main reason for hitting them, I think, is that of the three nations in the "Axis of Evil," Iraq was the weakest and the one with the population most supporting of a regime change. If you think the 'insurgency' is bad now, then don't even think of messing with NK militarily. Last time we were there, we ended up fighting most of China. Anyway, end of war support rant.

    I both love and hate seeing this list. I love it because it reminds me why we called them "The Greatest Generation." And actors weren't the only celebrities to do this. Anybody ever see "In a League of Their Own?" I hate it because it reminds me constantly of how the wonderful world of freedom and prosperity created by them is constantly being raped by the generations that followed. Our (my generation's) grandfathers and their friends fought, bled, and died to make sure that we could live in a world of peace and prosperity. Their children are returning the favor by trying to hand those freedoms over to the countries they had to fight in (the U.N.) and refusing to fight those who threaten those freedoms.
     
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    You're still very young, and highly impressionable it seems. You're anti-war rant below illustrates that. The "we were lied to" line is nothing more than a propaganda cry from the liberals.

    Sure there was some bad intelligence, but no one was "lied to". EVERYONE was of the SAME MIND with the intelligence we had at the time. We do know however, without a shaddow of a doubt, that Saddam had WMD's. He gassed thousands upon thousands of poeple in Iraq, of which there was mountains of proof. So yes, there WAS WMD's. What he DID with them, we don't know. What we do know is that he had THIRTEEN YEARS to either hide them, or ship them of out the country. Seriously kagom, you're going to have to wise up, about many things.


     
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    I am indeed young, but I was talking about when I was youngER.

    We were lied to. There were no actual WMDs available. Bush has even admitted there was an error on intelligence since none surfaced.

    I know of Saddam's atrocities. Maybe if we had gone in to stop him from committing them UNDER that title, maybe more people would've supported the war. Maybe. The WMDs aren't there anymore.

    Hobbit: Has he used those weapons during this entire time? Have they even surfaced? If they have, show me news links. Otherwise, they aren't there.
     
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    Kagom: If your dad callls me and tells me your mom is dead, and I, having no reason to not trust your dad, call you and tell you that your mom is dead, am I lying to you if your mom isn't actually dead, even though I don't know that? There is a difference between maliciously lying and accidently passing on wrong information.
     
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    however you could start here: http://powerlineblog.com/archives/006634.php

    then do a google search for (Russian connection Iraq WMD) lotsa good info out there!
     
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    Most are dead.
     
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    That's too obvious. Try harder.
     

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