I received this in an email from my dad quite a long while ago, but I felt it was still appropriate just because, well, Hollywood can’t keep their anti-everything views to themselves
“On The Flip Side of Hollywood: In contrast to the ideals, opinions and feelings of today’s “Hollywonk” the real actors of yesteryear 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 Congressional Medal of Honor. So remember; while the “entertainers” 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 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.
Earnest Borgnine was a U. S. Navy Gunners Mate 1935-1945.
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.
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.
Charlton Heston was an Army Air Corps Sergeant in Kodiak.
Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart.
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.
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.
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.
George C. Scott was a decorated U. S. Marine.
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…
Audie Murphy, little 5’5″ tall 110 pound guy from Texas who played cowboy parts was the 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 spew out anti-American drivel as they bite the hand that feeds them? Can you imagine these stars of yesteryear saying they hate our flag, making antiwar speeches, marching in anti-American parades and saying they hate our president? I thought not, neither did I!”
Here are more stars/celebrities who have served their country during war and peace:
Don Adams (Get Smart) – Marines
Gene Autry (The Singing Cowboy) – Air Transport Command
Tony Bennett – Army
Mel Brooks – Army
Art Carney (The Honeymooners) – Army
Johnny Carson – Navy
Julia Childs (chef) – O.S.S.
Tony Curtis – Navy
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. – Naval Reserves (Created the “beach jumpers” of WWII)
Henry Fonda – Naval Intelligence Officer (so what happened with Jane?!)
Malcolm Forbes – Army
Glenn Ford – Navy (served in the reserves during Korea and Viet Nam)
Alan Hale (Gilligan’s Island) – Coast Guard
Jason Robards – Navy (he was a radioman and was on duty when Pearl Harbor was bombed)
Andy Rooney – Army (served with the Artillery Regiment then wrote for Stars & Stripes)
Mickey Rooney – Army
Charles Schultz (cartoonist) – Army
Rod Serling (Twilight Zone) – Army
Rod Steiger – Navy (lied about his age and enlisted at age 16)
Jack Warden – Army (101st Airborne)
Jack Palance (Ripley�s Believe It or Not, City Slickers) – Army Air Corps (with the 455th bomb group. Required facial reconstruction from terrible injuries received in 1943 when his B17 crash landed in Britain)
Jimi Hendrix – Army ’61 (101st Airborne) (discharged when he broke his ankle on his 26th jump)
Audrey Hepburn – With the Resistance (courier) in Holland (she was a child)
Alan Alda – Army Reserve (had 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 (trained as a corpsman and worked with Korean War casualties)
Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) – Navy (18 months, injured skateboarding and was medically discharged)
Steve McQueen – Marines (cited for saving lives, but was promoted & demoted quite often!)
Chuck Norris – Air Force (learned martial arts while stationed in Korea)
Montel Williams – Marines and Navy (go here to read more about his amazing service and see the others that I haven’t listed here!)
A reader, John Robert Mallernee, brought this particular person to my attention:
“Have you heard of the Rock band, IGGY POP?
Well, when they first started, back in 1962, they were known as the IGUANAS, and their bass guitar player was Carl Donald Swickerath. Don Swickerath served in the United States Army in Viet Nam, and now lives here at the Armed Forces Retirement Home.”
Thank you, John for bringing Don to my attention!
Trackbacked to: Blue Star Chronicles