Thursday, April 17, 2008

Our Greatest Generation Indeed.. Even the Movie Stars Were Cooler Than Today..


Generally speaking, our generation are a big pile of wussies. We never had a draft, we think we're in a depression when 95% of everyone is employed with two TV's and an I-POD.... I coul find other examples, but here's a good one: Even the Movie Stars were tougher than today.
In the day where there are few Pat Tillmans out there, we seem to be stuck with a lot of 'patriots' who prefer to 'support our troops' by protesting, or little else. That's their right. Who knows, if I were a millionaire TV Star, I probably sit it out too. Not in the old days. Sure, the Nazis were a whole different thing, but even those who were rich and famous volunteered to fight Facism...Here's a little list, thanks to Bobby...
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 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.
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, 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.
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3 comments:

lake marion moye said...

quite a list

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Where do the MI WWll Veterans sign in for the Photo on May ?

Thank you,
Joan D. Ford