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Sean Flynn, the son of actor Errol Flynn, went to Vietnam as a photojournalist for TIME. He was known to hang out with the son of writer John Steinbeck while there. He went with speical force units into the thick of things to get photos; he disapeared in Cambodia and has never been seen again.

Retrogasm — Women of The Twilight Zone… Ann Blyth

The Twilight Zone - Rod Serling..watching marathons!! My all time favorite!!

Love The Twilight Zone!

Olivia de Haviland as Maid Marion from Robin Hood, 1938 - filmed in Bidwell Park, Chico, California's Sherwood Forest

James Stewart and Clark Gable

Burgess Meredith joined the United States Army Air Corps in February, 1942 and eventually reached the rank of Captain. He transferred to the Office of War Information and was involved in making films for GIs. He was discharged in 1945 to work on the movie, The Story of G.I. Joe.

Josephine Baker in her World War II Uniform, c. 1945. During World War II, she worked with the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover, Baker carried secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music.

Gene Roddenberry Gene Roddenberry volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps in the fall of 1941. He graduated as a Second Lieutenant and was sent to the South Pacific where he flew B-17 bombers at Guadalcanal. He flew missions against enemy strongholds at Bougainville and participated in the Munda invasion. In all, he took part in 89 missions and sorties. He was decorated with the Distinguished flying Cross and the Air Medal

Spike Milligan, popular entertainer and member of the Goons, served in World War Two as a signaller in the 56th Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery, D Battery with the First Army in the North African campaign and then in the succeeding Italian campaign. He wrote several volumes of memoirs about his adventures; I think that the first: "Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall" was the best.

Rod Serling (1924-75) PVT USA Airborne ’43-46 WW II. Enlisted and served in Pacific Theater as demolitions specialist with 11th Airborne Division. In Philippine Islands campaigns: Battle Leyte, Leyte Gulf, & Tagaytay Ridge. Earned Bronze Star & Purple Heart. Deeply affected by the war he suffered with post traumatic stress nightmares and flashbacks the rest of his life. Best known for TV series “Twilight Zone” ’59-64 & “Night Gallery” ’65-66.

Weimar-era actresses Lillian Harvey: Goebbels called her ‘our little dancing flea’, and he thought that he was being complimentary. No other actress put her career at such risk resisting the Nazis. She helped Jewish friends escape the country, had her bank accounts frozen and escaped, working as a nurse for the Allied forces in France. After the war she ran a souvenir shop in Antibes.

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”.

Tony Curtis (né Bernard Schwartz) (1925-2010) Signalman 3rd Class, U.S. Navy Reserves 1942-45 WW II. He served on the submarine tender USS Proteus (AS-19). He was aboard when the Proteus entered Tokyo Bay where, through binoculars from the signal bridge, he witnessed the signing of the Japanese Document of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri. Of his many movies he is best remembered for playing the title role in “Houdini” (1953), and as Joe in “Some Like It Hot” (1959).

Charles Bronson (né Charles Buchinsky) (1921-2003) U.S. Army Air Force 1943-45 WW II. He enlisted and served as an aircraft gunner in the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron, and in 1945 as a Superfortress crewman with the 39th Bombardment Group based on Guam. He was assigned to a B-29 bomber. He flew on 25 missions & was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received during his service. Most remembered for his roles in The Dirty Dozen and Death Wish.

Kirk Douglas (né Issur Danielovitch) (dob: 1916) LT jg US Navy, 1942-44 WWII. He enlisted in the Navy and attended Midshipman School at Notre Dame University. Later he was commissioned as an ensign. He served with an anti-submarine patrol in the Pacific until medically discharged following injuries in 1944. Some of his most memorable characters were in the title role of “Spartacus” (1960), as van Gogh in “Lust for Life” (1956), and as Doc Holliday in “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (1957).

With the outbreak of World War II, Noel Coward abandoned the theatre and sought official war work. After running the British propaganda office in Paris, he worked on behalf of British intelligence. His task was to use his celebrity to influence American public and political opinion in favour of helping Britain. He was frustrated by British press criticism of his foreign travel while his countrymen suffered at home, but he was unable to reveal that he was acting on behalf of the Secret Service

Jon Pertwee was an officer in the Royal Navy, spending some time working in naval intelligence during the Second World War. He was a crew member of HMS Hood and was transferred off the ship shortly before it was sunk, losing all but 3 of the 1418 crew. He is best known for playing the Third Doctor Who and Worzel Gummidge.

Audrey Hepburn was a young girl in Holland during World War Two. She lived in fear of being kidnapped and taken to a military brothel as so many other girls had been. She was once picked up by the Germans to work on their kitchens but managed to escape. She began working for the Resistance, carrying messages in her shoes.

James Arness (1923-2011) USA 1943-45 WW II. Arness, who was 6’7”, said he wanted to be a fighter pilot but the height limit for aviators was 6’2”. He was drafted in ’43, served as a rifleman in the 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy. After several surgeries he was discharged but had a lifelong limp. Earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Best remembered for his role as Matt Dillon in the TV series “Gunsmoke”.

Cameron Mitchell served as a bombardier with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II

Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009) SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II. Enlisted and assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC. Best remembered for her title role in the TV series “Maude” and as Dorothy in "Golden Girls".

Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart joining the Army in March of 1941 (8 months before Pearl Harbor) (he had just won the 1940 Oscar for his part in The Philadelphia Story)

Actress Carole Lombard's last Bond Drive appearance as she leads the crowd in The Star Spangled Banner. Ms. Lombard died the next day in a plane crash while being flown to her next Bond Rally location. Life Magazine Jan 26 1942.

Clark Gable went on five B-17 raids over Germany until the U.S. decided it would be a morale killer if anything happened to him.