Real Hollywood Heros

Alec Guinness (featured in many top notch films) 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 (featured in many top notch films) was a Sandhurst graduate and a
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 the rank of Brigadier General before
retiring in the late 1950s.

Clark Gable was a 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 Officer's Candidate School at Miami Beach, Fla. and graduated as a 2nd Leutenant
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.
Ernest 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-29's 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 Rabal 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 O.S.S. in Yugoslavia.
Tyrone Power (an established movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed) joined the U.S. Marines,
was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded Marines out of, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Glenn Ford was a US Marine during WW II performing missions behind enemy lines for the OSS,
and he helped build safe houses in France for those hiding from the Nazis. Mr. Ford also
served two tours of duty in Vietnam and is the only actor to have served with both the Green
Berets and the French Foreign Legion. Among his numerous medals and commendations are the Medal
of Honor, presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the French Legion of Honor Medal for his
service in World War II, two commendation medals from the US Navy and the Vietnamese Legion of Merit.
Audie Murphy, featured in many Westerns is the most decorated serviceman of WW II:
He earned the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit,
2 Bronze Star Medals, 2 Purple Hearts, American Campaign Medal, French Legion of Honor,
French Croix de Guerre, Medal of Liberated France, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm and more.
Martha Raye - Entertainer, Nurse and Honorary Green Beret
In Vietnam, she was not there just to entertain the troops, but also engaged in nursing work where
ever it was needed. She spent most of her time out in the field, or in the hospitals. She went to some
of the most dangerous and remote locations in Nam. Known as "Colonel Maggie of the Boondocks",
she finally received some long overdue honors before she died. They ranged from the Jean Hersholt
Humanitarian Academy Award in 1968 for entertaining troops in Vietnam to the 1993 Presidential Medal
of Freedom for her lifetime of dedication to America.

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