What Happened To The WWII Movie Stars

What Happened To The WWII Movie Stars

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    Recieved this the other day and found it interesting.

    Hope you find this as informative as I did.
    In contrast to the ideals, opinions
    and feelings of today's "Hollywonk," the real actors
    of yester-year loved the United States .
    They had both class and integrity.
    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.

    So remember; while the "Entertainers of 2006" have
    been in all of the news media lately, I would like to
    remind the people of what the
    entertainers of 1943 were doing, (63 years ago).

    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
    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 he 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.

    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, 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 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 ?
    "The sword dose not cause the murder, and the maker of the sword dose not bear sin" Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac 11th century

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    Nice read! Thanks you, Sheldon. Brought back a lot of movie memories too.
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    Times have changed, and I don't think for the better.
    "Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual change; but this change is not [an improvement]. For everything that is given, something is taken."
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    Curious what actors served in Korea or Vietnam..."police" actions versus WWII?? Everybody served in WWII...baseball players to the paper boy. The dynamics of the time were much different as well...patriotism was much more a fabric of society...I do not believe so today.

    I ask why the fasination with "actors"...those that fake realism...to those that are geniune and real...such as someone that voluntarily gives up millions to fight and die for his country.


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    Here's another to add to the list:

    Glenn Ford
    ...none of the obituaries bothered to mention his extraordinary patriotism or his distinguished military career. Ford rose to the rank of Captain in the United States Navy after years of dedicated service that began with World War II and continued through the Vietnam War.

    He was undoubtedly a star, one of Hollywood's enduring major stars, but as his biography on a Web site devoted to his long life states, his accomplishments were even larger than life off-screen. As his son Peter once told NewsMax.com, Ford was "one of those Ronald Reagan, true-blue American types."

    At the beginning of World War II Glenn served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine he helped build safe houses in occupied France for those hiding from the Nazis and was among the first Americans to enter the infamous Dachau concentration camp at war’s end. He went on to serve in the Navy and at war's end he was commissioned a Commander in the Naval Reserves.

    Committed to service in the armed forces, Ford also served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the Third Marine Amphibious Force in 1966-1968. He once went on a jungle mission with a Special Forces Team during the Vietnam War. Ford was the only actor to have served with both the Green Berets and the French Foreign Legion and his military record is well recognized in both the United States and France as a highly decorated veteran.

    Among his numerous medals and commendations are the Medal of Honor presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Medaille de la France Libre for the liberation of France; two commendation medals from the U.S. Navy; and the Vietnamese Legion of Merit. He received the rank of Captain with the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1968; retiring in 1977.

    Ford bravely served his country in two wars (not on the sidelines, but in the front lines) facing enemy fire on many occasions and never expecting to be treated like a Hollywood star but as a fellow fighting man. He was indeed a hero both on and off the screen.

    That's the way Glenn Ford would want to be remembered.

    Two years ago he told NewsMax.com, "Let's never forget that to remain free we must always be strong. That's an important lesson I learned in my Navy career in World War II. National defense must be the top priority for our country. If you are strong, you are safe. Now is the time for every American to be proud. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. If we are not brave, we will not be free."

    Glenn Ford lived the motto of the Marine Corps, Semper Fidelis -He was always faithful to the nation he served so long and so well.

    Semper Fi, Glenn
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    So how do you feel the real heroes of the silver screen acted when compared to the hollywonks today ...
    No comparison.
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    Did not see the name of James Arness. Arness was wounded in the leg at Anzio. He used to claim that his small platoon sgt. used his 6'7" frame for cover. If you watch the oldest of the Gunsmoke series you can see that he limped.

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    There is no comparison;

    They are too busy coiffing themselves for cameras and jumping off of Oprahs' couch professing their love for the latest hollyweird fruitcake....
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    It could be that "Movie Stars" of that era didn't believe being famous was an excuse for being an elitist, opinionated, egomaniac, snob. Or maybe they felt some (now outdated) notion that they had an "obligation" to the Country that had given them the opportunity to build a GREAT CAREER. Or maybe, like Pat Tillman, they believed the words of the song America were more than just a nice thought. "Oh Beautiful for Heros Proved in Liberating Strife. Who More Themselves, their Country Loved...and Honor More than Life."

    May God Bless Them All.
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    Here's a different summation of Glenn Ford's military service from Wikipedia:

    In 1942, Ford's film career was interrupted when he volunteered for duty in World War II with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on 13 December as a photographic specialist at the rank of sergeant. He was assigned in March 1943 to active duty at the Marine Corps Base in San Diego. He was sent to Marine Corps Schools Detachment (Photographic Section) in Quantico, Virginia, that June, with orders as a motion-picture production technician. Sergeant Ford returned to the San Diego base in February 1944 and was assigned next to the radio section of the Public Relations Office, Headquarters Company, Base Headquarters Battalion. There he staged and broadcast the radio program Halls of Montezuma. Glenn Ford was honorably discharged from the Marines on 7 December 1944.

    In 1958, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and was commissioned as a lieutenant commander with a 1655 designator (public affairs officer). During his annual training tours, he promoted the Navy through radio and television broadcasts, personal appearances, and documentary films. He was promoted to commander in 1963 and captain in 1968.

    Ford went to Vietnam in 1967 for a month's tour of duty as a location scout for combat scenes in a training film entitled Global Marine. He traveled with a combat camera crew from the demilitarized zone south to the Mekong Delta. For his service in Vietnam, the Navy awarded him a Navy Commendation Medal. His World War II decorations are as follows: American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Rifle Marksman Badge, and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Medal. He retired from the Naval Reserve in the 1970s at the rank of captain.[5]

    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

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