What happened to the WWII movie stars?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Phil Washburn, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

    Shawnee OK
    Some of you younger guys probably have not even heard of these 'old movie stars'...some contrast between these men and the anti-American movie stars of today.

    Hope you find this as informative and interesting as I did.

    In 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 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 Congre ssional Medal of Honor.

    So remember; while the 'Entertainers of 2005-2006' 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 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 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.

    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 US . 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, 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 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 yester-year saying they hate our flag, making anti-war speeches, marching in anti-American parades and saying they hate our president?

    I thought not, neither did I!
  2. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

    Blacklick, Ohio
    Just one correction there Phil

    Sir Alec Guinness - Knighted in 1959

  3. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

    Also what about ball players:

    If I'm not mistaken:

    Ted Williams missed 2-4 years of his "prime" playing years

    Bob Feller is another one that comes to mind.

    You wouldnt see movie stars or many ball players doing that now. (Of corse Pat Tillman is the exception....RIP)
  4. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

    Blacklick, Ohio
    Roger Staubach - US Navy Officer who actually served his time. There was also a BasketBall player for LA I think (Robinson???) that served in the reserves while playing basketball.
  5. gardengrz

    gardengrz New Member

    ive got tcm (turner classic movies) man i live for that channel :big_smile: :cool2:
  6. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    there is only one defference between yesterday and today.yesterday actors and all of our people were busy being americans.today most all our famous people are to busy being politically correct to be americans.they want the perks with out the responseabilitys.
  7. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

    Lake o the Pine
    Great post thanks for sharing.
  8. justwannano

    justwannano Active Member

    SE Iowa
    Although I agree with you about the patriotism of some nowadays I think its a mistake to compare todays happenings with WWII.
    Back in the 30s we were still in a self imposed isolation. Today we are anything but.We are involved in everyones buisness.
    You can't even compare the attacks that started both wars.
    We had the world with us after 9/11. So why did we attack Iraq?
    The attack on Pearl was to knock out our navy. Nearly did it too.
    The attack on the world trade center was for what reason? To knock out our economy? Not even a crippling effect.
    Please don't mistake dissent as being un patriotic though
    I would like to remind you of your duty to stand up and complain if you do not agree with your governments policy.
    have a good day
  9. olefin

    olefin New Member

    Excellent post!

    Just look at todays Hollywood.:sad2:
    98% of todays movie stars wouldn't make a pimple on those old ones.
  10. gardengrz

    gardengrz New Member

    todays junk is computer animated crap that is just useless to sit and watch:sad2: when john wayne laid there on the floor and died it was all over:sad2: nobody left now cept jack nicholson :big_smile: :cool2: