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Actor soldiers of WWII

Postby Burzum » Oct 4th, 2006 at 1:16 pm

This was sent to me, none of the words are mine, and I am passing it along as I find it interesting as to the mindset of the people then as compared to now.

Although the term "heros" is used, I kind of agree with one veteran who returned from a prisoner of war camp who said, "I am not a hero, the real heros didn't come home." Take it for what it is.

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) 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 1950s.



Clark Gable (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out) Although he was beyond the draft age at the time the US 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.
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Capt. Gable returned to the US 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 US Marine rear gunner in several actions against the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.



Lee Marvin was a US 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 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 Texas who played cowboy parts?

Most Decorated serviceman of WWII and earned: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals with "V", 2 Purple Hearts, US 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 Fourragere 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 yester-year saying they hate our flag, making anti-war speeches, marching in anti-American parades and saying they hate our president?

I thought not, neither did I!
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Postby Best_predator » Oct 4th, 2006 at 2:53 pm

Hmm... IMO you cannot compare todays actors to actors of before based on 2 things. Governments are different and Iraq is not WW2. There was no war crime commited when US declared war during WW2. If you gona argue iraq is no war crime then just think that during WW2 it was self-defense and Iraq is a straight up invasion.

So we don't really know how actors would react in times of great danger to US. Even though i still think they would hide their rich asses.
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Postby Jeng » Oct 4th, 2006 at 5:44 pm

Best_predator wrote:Hmm... IMO you cannot compare todays actors to actors of before based on 2 things. Governments are different and Iraq is not WW2. There was no war crime commited when US declared war during WW2. If you gona argue iraq is no war crime then just think that during WW2 it was self-defense and Iraq is a straight up invasion.

So we don't really know how actors would react in times of great danger to US. Even though i still think they would hide their rich asses.


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Another good example is Vietnam, not so much in actors speaking out against the war, but in decorated soldiers speaking out against the war. I will not be surprised when decorated soldeirs from Iraq begin speaking out against the war in front of Congress.
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Postby Mouser » Oct 4th, 2006 at 8:25 pm

Not even remotely close. Not even in the same galaxy. That letter sounds like the 'drivel' to me.

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Postby Miracl3 » Oct 4th, 2006 at 9:09 pm

Best_predator wrote:Hmm... IMO you cannot compare todays actors to actors of before based on 2 things. Governments are different and Iraq is not WW2. There was no war crime commited when US declared war during WW2. If you gona argue iraq is no war crime then just think that during WW2 it was self-defense and Iraq is a straight up invasion.

So we don't really know how actors would react in times of great danger to US. Even though i still think they would hide their rich asses.

Maybe its not right for us to invade Iraq like Germany did the other countries, but he wasnt a good dictator to be sitting behind a countries Army n etc. People like Saddam are the ones who give Israel hell. Fuck the terrorists...commit all the war crimes you want against them. Fuck them with 20 grit sandpaper comdoms attached to broom handles for all i care. But yes the Iraqi people deserve good treatment.
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Miracl3 wrote:Maybe its not right for us to invade Iraq like Germany did the other countries, but he wasnt a good dictator to be sitting behind a countries Army n etc. People like Saddam are the ones who give Israel hell. Fuck the terrorists...commit all the war crimes you want against them. Fuck them with 20 grit sandpaper comdoms attached to broom handles for all i care. But yes the Iraqi people deserve good treatment.


Funny, that's how much of the world views Dubya.
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Postby ender*(gayless) » Oct 4th, 2006 at 10:17 pm

Benedict wrote:Funny, that's how much of the world views Dubya.



except he was democratically elected....twice








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Postby Deleted User » Oct 4th, 2006 at 11:10 pm

You can't change the opinion of half of the world with that logic.
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Postby Mouser » Oct 5th, 2006 at 7:33 am

ender*(gayless) wrote:
Benedict wrote:Funny, that's how much of the world views Dubya.



except he was democratically elected....twice




Or was he....

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Postby Burzum » Oct 5th, 2006 at 7:36 am

I'll agree with some of the above. WWII was a very different animal than some of our more recent wars. I do find it interesting some of the stuff the actors did.

I don't know if this is real though, I didn't check snopes or anything. I was just going to wait for Jay to do that for me :)
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Postby Campsalot » Oct 5th, 2006 at 8:01 am

Mouser wrote:
ender*(gayless) wrote:
Benedict wrote:Funny, that's how much of the world views Dubya.



except he was democratically elected....twice




Or was he....


No Mouser, he wasn't. Bush stole the election. He did.. I swears on the precious! :roll:

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Postby Burzum » Oct 5th, 2006 at 8:18 am

Campsalot wrote:I swears on the precious!


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Postby WidowMaker » Oct 5th, 2006 at 10:45 am

Mouser wrote:
ender*(gayless) wrote:
Benedict wrote:Funny, that's how much of the world views Dubya.



except he was democratically elected....twice




Or was he....


Wow, Dems/Libs are still crying about Gore losing in 2000. Get over it already. He lost. Deal with it.


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Postby Jeng » Oct 5th, 2006 at 1:12 pm

WidowMaker wrote:
Mouser wrote:
ender*(gayless) wrote:
Benedict wrote:Funny, that's how much of the world views Dubya.



except he was democratically elected....twice




Or was he....


Wow, Dems/Libs are still crying about Gore losing in 2000. Get over it already. He lost. Deal with it.


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Oh come on, it was obviously a joke. He just forgot the :wink:

Ok, so I'm pretty sure it was a joke........ :?
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Postby WidowMaker » Oct 5th, 2006 at 3:12 pm

Jeng wrote:
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Mouser wrote:
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Benedict wrote:Funny, that's how much of the world views Dubya.



except he was democratically elected....twice




Or was he....


Wow, Dems/Libs are still crying about Gore losing in 2000. Get over it already. He lost. Deal with it.


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Oh come on, it was obviously a joke. He just forgot the :wink:

Ok, so I'm pretty sure it was a joke........ :?


It probably was, but there are alof of Dems/Libs who say that all the time who aren't joking.


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Postby Deleted User » Oct 5th, 2006 at 9:59 pm

Since we're bringing in party bashing for no reason at all...
Wid, you vote for any perverts lately?
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Postby WidowMaker » Oct 6th, 2006 at 12:05 am

Mlouser brought in the party bashing...

And no... but there are plenty of past Dems who were perverts. Perhaps you voted for some of them? Hell, one of the sitting Dem senators even left a woman in a car at the bottom of a lake. Classy.




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Postby ender*(gayless) » Oct 6th, 2006 at 3:12 am

i pray to god hillary gets the nomination...easiest victory for us EVER
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Postby JayPhat » Oct 6th, 2006 at 11:32 am

ender*(gayless) wrote:i pray to god hillary gets the nomination...easiest victory for us EVER


I pray to god she does to. Easiest lose for Dems ever. The woman said right after 9-11 that the worst tragedy to strike was the current administrations "bumbling of the economy". The interviewer said, "what about 9-11?" and her response was the in the nature of "Oh, I mean, right after that" The senator from New York. Thats class right there.
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Postby Mouser » Oct 6th, 2006 at 8:01 pm

oh em gee. Lighten up a bit. It was tongue in cheek.

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Postby Miracl3 » Oct 6th, 2006 at 8:36 pm

does anyone remember the name of that NFL player who died in the Iraqi war?
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Postby Mouser » Oct 6th, 2006 at 8:39 pm

Pat Tillman and he died in Afghanistan.

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Postby ender*(gayless) » Oct 7th, 2006 at 4:15 am

under terribly unfortunate circumstances
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Postby Jeng » Oct 7th, 2006 at 11:44 am

JayPhat wrote:
ender*(gayless) wrote:i pray to god hillary gets the nomination...easiest victory for us EVER


I pray to god she does to. Easiest lose for Dems ever. The woman said right after 9-11 that the worst tragedy to strike was the current administrations "bumbling of the economy". The interviewer said, "what about 9-11?" and her response was the in the nature of "Oh, I mean, right after that" The senator from New York. Thats class right there.


Hillary is one of those people that Republicans can look at and say "Damn, that is why I don't like Democrats." She is also one of those people Democrats can look at and say "Damn, that is why I don't like Hillary."
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