Looks like we lost a WWII Veteran and legendary actor. Arness served and was wounded at Anzio during WWII and his decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
'Gunsmoke' actor James Arness dies at age 88 - CNN.com
edit: OOPS. Sorry, I just noticed there's already another thread on this.