Real Life Hollywood Heroes
Posted by 1182cws on February 21, 2008
The Academy Awards were telecast on February 24th (hopefully). As a tribute to Hollywood history, I have listed some of the actors from motion pictures who have served in the military:
Alec Guiness (Star Wars, Bridge over the River Kwai) 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, Halloween) was an R.A.F. pilot who
was shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the Germans.
- James Stewart (my favorite actor) 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. He led more than 20 missions over Germany and took 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. He retired in the late 1950s.
- David Niven was a Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy.
- Clark Gable – Although he was beyond the draft age at the time the U.S. entered World War II, Gable enlisted as a private in the AAF in 1942 in Los Angeles. He graduated from Officers’ Candidate School at Miami Beach. He attended aerial gunnery school and then he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook where he flew missions over Europe in B-17s. Gable returned to the U.S. in Oct. 1943.