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Real Hollywood Heros

What Happened To The WW II Movie Stars

In contrast to the ideals, opinions and feelings of today's "Hollywonks" 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 2005" have been in all of the news media lately I would like to remind the people of what the  entertainers of 1943 were doing, (61 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.

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' CandidateSchool 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.

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, a 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 ass! ault 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.  (click here to learn more about Audie Murphy)

So how do you feel the real heroes of the silver screen acted when compared to the hollywonks today of 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 and saying they hate our president?

They Also Served:

Here are a few more:

Don Adams (Get Smart) - Marines, James Arness (Gunsmoke) - Army,  Gene Autry (The Singing Cowboy) - Air Transport Command, Martin Balsam - Army Air Force,  Tony Bennett (Singer) - Army,  Neville Brand (Enlisted at 16 and retired as the 4th most decorated soldier of WW II) - Army,  Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles) - Army,  Art Carney (The Honeymooners) - Army, Jeff Chandler - Army, Jackie Coogan - (Uncle Fester on The Addams Family) - US Army and pilot in the Air Corps,  Johnny Carson - Navy,  Julia Childs (chef) - O.S.S.,  Tony Curtis - Navy,  Ossie Davis - Army,  Kirk Douglas - Navy,  Buddy Ebsen - Navy,  Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - Naval Reserves,  Henry Fonda - Naval Intelligence Officer,  Malcolm Forbes - Army,  Glenn Ford - Navy,  Arthur Godfrey - Army,  Shecky Green - Navy,  Buddy Hackett - Army,  Alan Hale - Coast Guard,  Audrey Hepburn - With the Resistance (courier) in Holland (she was a child),  William Holden - Army,  George Kennedy - Army,  Jack Lemon - Navy,  Rocky Marciano (Boxing Heavyweight Champion) - Army, Robert Montgomery - Navy,  Jack Palance - Army Air Corps,  Ronald Reagan -  Army Air Corps,  Carl Reiner - Army, Don Rickles - Navy,  Jason Robards - Navy, Andy Rooney - Army,  Mickey Rooney - Army,  Charles Schultz - Army,  Rod Serling (Twilight Zone) - Army,  Robert Stack - Navy,  Rod Steiger - Navy (lied about his age and enlisted at age 16),  Jack Warden - Army,  James Whitmore - Army, 

Some older and some newer: 

Jimi Hendrix - Army,  Alan Alda - Army Reserve and a 6 month tour in Korea, Humphrey Bogart - Navy (served in WWI, tried to enlist during WWII and was turned down-too old!)  Bill Cosby - Navy,  Fred Durst - Navy,  Clint Eastwood - Army, Steve McQueen - Marines,  Chuck Norris - Air Force,  Jesse Ventura - Navy Seal,  Montel Williams - Marines and Navy

Note from David:  My personal list of "Hollywonks" include:  Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, James Cromwell, Tyne Daley, Mike Farrell, Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Anjelica Houston, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Rob Reiner, Tim Robbins, Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Donald Southerland, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, Ricky Martin, Miley Cyrus, Eva Longoria, Richard Schiff, Robert De Niro, Stephan King, Jack Black, Cher, Ben Stiller, Johnny Depp, Richard Gere, Bette Midler, there are others.

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