HOLLYWOOD WAR HEROES
I can't wait for the next war movie to come out of Hollywood; especially the flick directed by some left-winger, starring some guy, some celluloid warrior, banded brother, who wouldn't dream of putting on a real military uniform to defend his family, country, or our freedom - but who can't wait to voice his disdain for America and its real fighting men:
Those people below served their country: The bill of rights gives those above the opportunity to speak freely even to badmouth their country, while those below put on a real military uniform to preserve those rights.
By Jeff Seeber
This is a PARTIAL list of actors who suspended their careers to serve in the United States Armed Forces after America was attacked on December 7, 1941 ...
Eddie Albert - U.S. Navy ... Saw combat on Saipan and Tarawa. Earned the Bronze Star.
Gene Autry - U.S. Army Air Corps ... Flew cargo planes in China, Burma and India.
Humphrey Bogart - U.S. Navy ... Wounded in World War I, he tried to enlist after Pearl Harbor but was turned down because of his age.
Neville Brand - U.S. Army ... Wounded in action
Jackie Coogan - U.S. Army Air Corps ... Volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group
James Daly - U.S. Army and U.S. Navy
Sammy Davis, Jr. - U.S. Army ... Assigned to Special Services Command
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - U.S. Navy ... Served on a battleship and as a commando raider. Helped to organize the forerunners of today's Navy SEALs.
Henry Fonda - U.S. Navy ... Served aboard a destroyer in the Pacific. Earned a Bronze Star for Valor.
Glenn Ford - U.S. Marine Corps ... Earned a number of citations and awards for combat action. After the war, he transferred his commission to the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Clark Gable - U.S. Army Air Corps ... Enlisted in 1942 at age 41. Volunteered for combat duty and flew missions over Germany. Earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Charlton Heston - U.S. Army Air Corps ... B-25 gunner; saw action in the Pacific.
William Holden - U.S. Army Air Corps ... Served 1942-1945. His brother, a U.S. Navy pilot, was killed in the Pacific in 1944.
Brian Keith - U.S. Marine Corps ... Saw combat on Rabal
Werner Klemperer - U.S. Army ... Stationed in Hawaii as a Military Policeman, he auditioned for and was accepted into Maurice Evans' Special Services unit.
Nancy Kulp - U.S. Navy ... Served as a Navy WAVE
Bert Lancaster - U.S. Army ... Served in Tunisia and Italy
Tim McCoy ... Served in both World War I and World War II
Ed McMahon - U.S. Marine Corps ... Became a fighter pilot in 1944. Recalled to active duty in 1952 for the Korean War and flew 85 combat missions.
Burgess Meredith - U.S. Army Air Corps
Glenn Miller - U.S. Army ... Assigned to the Army Specialist Corps. Convinced the Military that he could modernize the Army Band and improve the morale of the troops. Organized the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. His plane disappeared on 15 December 1944 over the English Channel.
Robert Montgomery - U.S. Navy ... Enlisted in the British Military before American joined the war and drove ambulances in Franc.e until the Dunkirk invasion. When America entered the war, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a naval attache on British destroyers.
Wayne Morris - U.S. Navy ... Flew 57 combat missions in the Pacific. Shot down seven Japanese aircraft, becoming an "Ace". Credited with assisting the sinking of five Japanese warships.
Lee Powell - U.S. Marine Corps ... Saw action at Tarawa and Saipan before being killed in action in the Marianas.
Tyrone Power - U.S. Marine Corps ... Enlisted immediately after Pearl Harbor. Flew wounded Marines from Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Gene Raymond ... Served in both World War II and Vietnam
Ronald Reagan - U.S. Army Air Corps ... Enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1937; commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and was called to active duty in 1942. Because of a hearing loss, he was not allowed to fly, so he was assigned to make training films.
John Russell - U.S. Marine Corps ... Wounded at Guadalcanal
Robert Ryan - U.S. Marine Corps ... Served with the O.S.S. in Yugoslavia
Rod Serling - U.S. Army ... Severely wounded by shrapnel during the invasion of the Philippines
Jimmy Stewart - U.S. Army Air Corps ... Flew B-17 and B-24 combat missions, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, France's Croix de Guerre and 7 Battle Stars. His son, 1st Lt. Ronald McLean, was killed in Vietnam in 1969.
Lewis Stone ... Served in the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II
These actors attempted to serve but were turned down because of medical conditions ... Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Peter Lawford, Gregory Peck, George Raft, John Wayne and Richard Widmark
This is a COMPLETE list of actors who suspended their careers to enlist in the United States Armed Forces after America was attacked on September 11, 2001 ...
I couldn't find any.
The Bill of Rights is a wonderful thing, especially if someone else is responsible for defending it.