Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Saluting Our World War II Veterans

It is almost impossible to list all of the classic movie actors who participated in World War II. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, they were literally lining up to enlist and serve their country.

Two lied about their ages to serve: Audie Murphy and Rod Stieger

Four were awarded the Purple Heart: Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Audie Murphy, and Charles Durning

Two are buried at Arlington National Cemetary: Lee Marvin and Audie Murphy (2 purple hearts)

One was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor: Audie Murphy

Three Fought at the Battle of the Bulge: Mel Brooks, Jack Warden and Charles Durning

One Actor would be killed in World War II: Leslie Howard, when his plane was shot down

One would obtain the rank of Brigadier General: James Stewart

One Fought at D-Day: Alec Guiness

One fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal: John Russell

The Most Decorated with 33 US medals, plus five medals from France and one from Belgium: Audie Murphy

One would also serve in Vietnam: Glenn Ford

Finally, here is a list of several actors who fought and served in World War II, some served for the USA and some for Great Britain:

Claude Adkins

Eddie Albert

Gene Autry

Ernest Borgnine

Charles Bronson

Mel Brooks

Jackie Coogan

Tony Curtis

Charles Durning

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Henry Fonda

Glenn Ford

John Ford

Clark Gable

Alec Guiness

Sterling Hayden

Van Heflin

Charleton Heston

William Holden

Leslie Howard

Rock Hudson

George Kennedy

Walter Matthau

Lee Marvin

Burgess Meredith

Audie Murphy

David Niven

Jack Palance

Donald Pleasance

Tyrone Power

Mickey Rooney

John Russell

Robert Ryan

George C. Scott

Robert Stack

James Stewart

Rod Stieger

Jack Warden

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