Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans of Holllywood

Happy Veterans Day Hollywood! Er, old Hollywood:

James Stewart , US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of

Ernest Borgnine , US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton.

Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as

Telly Savalas , US Army.

Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps., B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer.

Jonathan Winters, USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme
Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa ..

Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS
Bunker Hill

Kirk Douglas , US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and
medically discharged.

Robert Mitchum , US Army.

Dale Robertson , US Army. Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton.
Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission.

Henry Fonda , US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee.

Lee Marvin US Marines. Sniper. Wounded in action on Saipan . Buried in
Arlington National Cemetery , Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis.

Art Carney , US Army. Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day. Limped for the rest
of his life.

Rod Steiger , US Navy. Was aboard one of the ships that launched the
Doolittle Raid.

Tony Curtis , US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the
surrender of Japan .

Larry Storch. US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis.

Forrest Tucker, US Army. Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant.

Robert Montgomery , US Navy.

George Kennedy , US Army. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor , stayed in sixteen

Mickey Rooney , US Army under Patton. Bronze Star.

Burgess Meredith , US Army Air Corps.

Robert Stack , US Navy. Gunnery Officer.

Tyrone Power, US Marines. Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater.

Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerial gunner on a
B-25, Aleutians .

James Arness , US Army. As an infantryman, he was severely wounded at
Anzio, Italy.

Efram Zimbalist, Jr., US Army. Purple Heart for a severe wound received at
Huertgen Forest ..

Rod Serling. US Army. 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. He jumped at
Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila .

Gene Autry , US Army Air Corps. Crewman on transports that ferried supplies
over "The Hump" in the China-Burma-India Theater.

Wiliam Holden, US Army Air Corps.

Alan Hale Jr, US Coast Guard.

Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Battle of Okinawa .

William Conrad , US Army Air Corps. Fighter Pilot.

Jack Klugman , US Army.

Frank Sutton , US Army. Took part in 14 assault landings, including Leyte,
Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor .

Tom Bosley , US Navy.

Claude Akins , US Army. Signal Corps. , Burma and the Philippines .

Chuck Connors , US Army. Tank-warfare instructor.

Mel Brooks , US Army. Combat Engineer. Saw action in the Battle of the

Robert Altman , US Army Air Corps. B-24 Co-Pilot.

Fred Gwynne , US Navy. Radioman.

Karl Malden , US Army Air Corps. 8th Air Force, NCO.

Rock Hudson , US Navy. Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines .

Harvey Korman , US Navy.

Aldo Ray. US Navy. UDT frogman, Okinawa .

Don Knotts , US Army, Pacific Theater.

Don Rickles , US Navy aboard USS Cyrene.

Soupy Sales, US Navy. Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific.

Lee Van Cleef , US Navy. Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper.

Ted Knight , US Army, Combat Engineers.

Jack Warden , US Navy, 1938-1942, then US Army, 1942-1945. 101st Airborne

Don Adams. US Marines. Wounded on Guadalcanal , then served as a Drill

Brian Keith , US Marines. Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers.

Fess Parker, US Navy and US Marines. Booted from pilot training for being
too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator.

Raymond Burr , US Navy. Shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically

Hugh O' Brian , US Marines.

Eddie Albert , US Coast Guard. Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several
Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of
Tarawa ..

Clark Gable , US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe .

Charles Bronson , US Army Air Corps. B-29 gunner, wounded in action.

Peter Graves , US Army Air Corps.

Buddy Hackett , US Army anti-aircraft gunner.

Victor Mature, US Coast Guard.

Jack Palance, US Army Air Corps. Severely injured bailing out of a burning
B-24 bomber.

Robert Preston , US Army Air Corps. Intelligence Officer

Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard. Coast Guard. Participated in the invasions of
Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier.

Jason Robards , US Navy. was aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton when it
was sunk off Guadalcanal . Also served on the USS Nashville during the
invasion of the Philippines , surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223

Steve Reeves, US Army , Philippines .

Dennis Weaver, US Navy. Pilot.

Robert Taylor , US Navy. Instructor Pilot.

Randolph Scott. Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to
injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1.

Ronald Reagan. US Army. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the
war. His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when
war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where
he served for the duration.

John Wayne. Declared "4F medically unfit" due to pre-existing injuries, he
nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, Navy and Film Corps.)
so he gets honorable mention.

H/t Woodsterman. Unverified Internet Story


CW said...

Don't forget Elvis Presley!

I guess what they say about appliances and cars applies to the men in Hollywood too:

They sure don't make them like they used to!

RightDetour said...

I forgot about Elvis! And things changed quite a bit during his stint in the service. Traditional "rock and roll" kind of dissipated and he came back from the service to sing those mostly awful songs in those mostly awful movies!