Actor/Heroes from the past
On The Flip
Side of Hollywood
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 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 Medal of
Honor. So remember; while the "Entertainers of 2003" have
been in all of the news media lately (for it seems News Paper,
Television and Radio has been more than ready to put them and their
anti-American, anti-Bush message before the public) I would like to
remind the people of what the entertainers of 1943 were doing, (60
years ago). Most of these brave men have since passed on.
Real Hollywood Heros *
Alec Guinness (Star
Wars) operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.
("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
Entered the Army Air Force as a private and worked his way to the rank
of Colonel through what we refer to
as "The Peter Principle".
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.
(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.
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
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 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
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.
little 5'5" tall 110 pound guy from Texas who played cowboy
parts? Most Decorated serviceman of WWII and earned: The
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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