What happened to the actors?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Darrell, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. Darrell

    Darrell New Member

    I got this from a friend and thought it was neat and wanted to share it with the my brothers.

    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

    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.

    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 US 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 US 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 Purple Heart.

    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 is!
    land of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov. 1943.

    Brian Keith
    served as a US Marine rear gunner in several actions against the Japanese
    on Rabal in the Pacific.

    Lee Marvin
    was a US 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 US Marines, was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded
    Marines out of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

    Audie Murphy,
    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,
    US 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 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?

  2. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

    The WWII Generation Isnt Known As "The Greatest Generation" For Nothing.

    God Bless those WWII Vets! (& all others)

  3. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

    Shawnee OK
    good post darrell, thanks
  4. Ulizth

    Ulizth New Member

    St. Clairsville, Ohio
    WOW. Most of that I never knew. Thanks for the info!

  5. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

    Clarksville, Indiana
    Darrell I read an e-mail the other day and it told a story of Capt Kangaroo and another celebrity being in a war and I think they were both decorated. I'm sure everyone knows who Capt. Kangaroo is right?
  6. Lngbo

    Lngbo New Member

    Marion Ark
    Great post, but Murphy was not a star until after the war.
  7. Jamey

    Jamey New Member

    Pegram, Tennessee
    Didn't he serve with Lee Marvin?
  8. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

    lee marvin is my favorite actor of that era
    gene hackman too although he is aquite a bit younger than lee.
    i read about the captain kangaroo and mister rogers too but i also read that the part about mister rogers being a navy seal with confirmed kills
    under his belt was not true but who really knows what is or isnt true.
    and i think thati too read that lee marvin and captain kangaroo were together in the same battle that lee got wounded in .
  9. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

    your first name
    Wow, I didnt know hardly any of that. Thanks, Great Post.
  10. olefin

    olefin New Member

    Good post Darrell,

    Hollywood doesn't make em like that today! Only war protesters now. :sad:

    DRC, that's another Internet hoax about Mister Rogers... he was never in any branch of the military but he was a ordained minister in the United Presbyterian Church.

    Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan was in the military but never was in combat.
  11. BullDaddy

    BullDaddy New Member

    Bossier City, La.
    I just watched To Hell and Back, the story of Audie Murphy, yesterday. I have seen it several times and watch it everytime it comes on. Just try and imagine Tim Robbins and Michael Moore in a combat situation with their fellow sodiers lives riding on the choices that they made. I believe alot of soldiers would have died, while cowards like that hid in their foxholes or behind the skirts of their mothers. The men and women of our Armed Services, both past and present, have layed life and limb on the line for these America-bashers to have the right to berate our culture and the American way of life. My grandfather was in WW2, I was in Desert Shield/Storm, and I should have re-enlisted to fight in Afganistan and Iraq. I take great offense to these Hollyweird bozos and their anti-American protest, people like Gary Busey and Billy Zane (who just made an anti-American movie that the Pentagon has warned soldiers to stay away from to prevent violence) :sad: make me want to box them all up and ship them to the middle of the Sahara with a porkchop around their necks and tell Ali Baba they just killed the Sacred Cow. Sorry for the rant.
  12. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

    Huber Heights,Ohio
    Great post God Bless Our Vets and Our Service Men And Women who serve us now,God Bless The USA
  13. slimepig

    slimepig New Member

    Kerrville Texas
    supposedly marvin was on the tonight show and told about being shot in the ass going up mt. surabachi (iwo jima) n getting the navy cross for it and also tellin about the bravest man he ever met and lifelong friend bob keeshan also getting the navy cross on iwo jima.
    actually both were in the marines, marvin was shot in the butt on saipan not iwo jima, and marvin had already been wounded and sent home with a purple heart (not navy cross) by the time sheehan even entered basic training. sheehan probably didnt even ever see any combat, and neither sheehan nor marvin got the navy cross.
    regardless of the falsehoods, both did serve and thats whats important!
  14. ironbelle

    ironbelle New Member

    San Diego, CA
    The sissies we have today are not about to give up their lavish lifestyles and drugs to servie their country. Fuggetaboutit. That was a great post thank you for sharing that. I have my doubts about this current war, but know that war is inevitable sometimes. For medical reasons, I could not enlist, but I don't think a stint in the military is bad at all. I wonder if these sissies even registed for the draft.
  15. Rainman4u2

    Rainman4u2 Guest

    Great post, thank you!!!

  16. catwacker

    catwacker New Member

    heard a story a while back.. mr. greenjeans, from the capt. kangaroo show, is ted nugent's father. lol . anybody know?