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Monday, August 14, 2006

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WW II MOVIE STARS Hope you find this as informative 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 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, 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, Med al 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? I thought not, ......... neither did I!


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