Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an American actor and director. He served two years in the US Army during the Korean War, leaving as Private First Class. While stationed at Camp Gordon (later renamed Fort Gordon) in Georgia, Duvall acted in an amateur production of the comedy "Room Service" in nearby Augusta.
Dan Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He served as an Infantry sergeant in F Company, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th infantry Division in Korea, December 1951 to August 1952. He received a Purple Heart for wounds in combat
Walter Brennan enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 22 to serve in World War I. He served in an artillery unit and although he got through the war without being wounded, his exposure to poison gas ruined his vocal chords, leaving him with the high-pitched voice texture that made him a natural for old man roles while still in his thirties. He was too old to serve in World War II.
Actor, SSgt Walter Matthau US Army Air Corps (Served 1942-1945) Short Bio: The multifaceted actor enlisted in the US Army Air Force during World War II and served with the Eighth Air Force in England as a B-24 Liberator radioman-gunner, in the same 453rd Bombardment Group as James Stewart. He attained the rank of staff sergeant and became interested in acting. http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/118672
Woody Strode was the son of a Creek-Blackfoot-black father and a black-Cherokee mother. His first wife was Princess Luukialuana Kalaeloa (aka Luana Strode), a descendant of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii. They were married until her death in 1980. In 1982, he wed Tina Tompson, and they remained married until his death. Strode was a dedicated martial artist under the direction of Frank Landers in the art of SeishinDo Kenpo
Randolph Scott - In April 1917, the United States entered World War I and shortly afterwards, Scott, then 19 years old, joined the US Army. He served in France as an artillery observer with the 2nd Trench Mortar Battalion, 19th Field Artillery. After the end of WWI, Scott stayed in France and enrolled in an artillery officers' school.
James Garner - We will miss this man of honor. His military service spread over 2 wars. WWII Merchant Marines & National Guard - Regular Army 5th Regiment in Korea. He was wounded twice and received 2 Purple Hearts. The earlier photograph shows him with a young Korean orphan he took care of during that war. Where is Hollywood today?
Claude Rains (1889-1967) Captain, London Scottish Regiment, WW I. He served with fellow actors Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman and Herbert Marshall. Rains was involved in a gas attack that left him nearly blind in one eye for the rest of his life. However, the war did aid his social advancement as he rose from the rank of Private to Captain. He became a U.S. citizen in 1939. He was in 58 feature films.
James Garner (né James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928). Born in Norman, OK. Joined the Merchant Marines at 16 serving briefly during WW II, then the Army Nat'l Guard, and finally the US Army serving during Korean War and receiving two Purple Hearts for combat wounds. Film and television actor best known for title roles in television series Maverick and The Rockford Files.
Henry Fonda (1905-1982) Lt. jg U.S. Navy 1943-45 WW II. Fonda was already a movie star when he enlisted saying, "I don't want to be in a fake war in a studio." Fonda served as a Quartermaster 3rd Class on the destroyer USS Satterlee. He was later commissioned as a Lieutenant jg in Air Combat Intelligence in the Pacific and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Claude Akins (May 25, 1926 – January 27, 1994). Born in Nelson, GA. Served in US Army during WW II in the Pacific. Graduated from Northwestern University in 1949. Stage, screen and television actor best known for his role as Sherif Lobo in the television series B.J. and the Bear.