In 1942, at the peak of his civilian career, swing era bandleader Glenn Miller decided to join the war effort during World War ll. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France, the single-engine Army Air Force UC-64 Norseman carrying Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick for over the English Channel and no trace of the aircrew, passengers or the plane has ever been found. Miller’s status is… missing in action.
Glenn Ford (né Gwyllyn Ford in Canada) (1916-2006) SGT USMC (1942-44) WW II / CAPT USNR (1958-70s) During his WW II service he helped build safe houses in France for those hiding from the Nazis. He went to Vietnam in 1967 for combat scenes in a Marine training film. He earned a Navy Commendation Medal and the French Legion of Honor Medal. Memorable roles included many western characters, and Richard Dadier in “Blackboard Jungle”.
Brian Keith (1921-1997), SGT, U.S. Marine Corps WW II. He served (1942–1945) as an air gunner (he was a Radio-Gunner in the rear cockpit of a two-man Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber in a U.S. Marine squadron), and received an Air Medal.
Frank Foley was a British secret service agent estimated to have saved 10,000 Jews from the Holocaust. In his role as passport control officer he helped thousands of Jews escape from Nazi Germany. At the 1961 trial of former ranking Nazi Adolf Eichmann, he was described as a “Scarlet Pimpernel” for the way he risked his own life to save Jews. Sometimes he went into internment camps to get Jews out, hiding them in his home, and helping them get forged passports.
Irena Sendler was a Polish Catholic social worker. During World War II, she was a member of the Polish Underground and the Żegota Polish anti-Holocaust resistance in Warsaw. She helped save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto by providing them with false documents and sheltering them in individual and group children’s homes outside the ghetto. Despite being tortured and imprisoned by the Nazis, Sendler continued to do all she could to help Jewish children in Warsaw.