defensemedianetwork.com Ronald Reagan in the U.S. Army Air Force during the 1940s. National Archives photo

defensemedianetwork.com Ronald Reagan in the U.S. Army Air Force during the 1940s. National Archives photo

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.

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.

"When he gets out of the Army, which may be soon, Jimmy expects to go back to making movies," LIFE wrote. "'But no war pictures,' he said. 'I'll settle for good comedy.'" True to his word, Stewart returned to film in 1946 -- with a little picture called It's a Wonderful Life.  (full photo album of 22 pics)

"When he gets out of the Army, which may be soon, Jimmy expects to go back to making movies," LIFE wrote. "'But no war pictures,' he said. 'I'll settle for good comedy.'" True to his word, Stewart returned to film in 1946 -- with a little picture called It's a Wonderful Life. (full photo album of 22 pics)

Ronald Reagan?!!! The Actor!???? And I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady!???

Ronald Reagan?!!! The Actor!???? And I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady!???

Actor Russell Johnson, best known as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 bombers. In March 1945, he and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines. He broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart, among other honors. He was honorably discharged and later served in the Army Reserve. He used his GI Bill to fund his acting lessons.

Actor Russell Johnson, best known as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 bombers. In March 1945, he and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines. He broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart, among other honors. He was honorably discharged and later served in the Army Reserve. He used his GI Bill to fund his acting lessons.

Ronald Reagan with wife Jane Wyman and their daughter Maureen, saying their goodbyes as he prepares to leave for the army.

Ronald Reagan with wife Jane Wyman and their daughter Maureen, saying their goodbyes as he prepares to leave for the army.

Gerald R. Ford, Jr., United States Navy Lieutenant Years of service: 1942–1946. Served on USS Monterey. Earned 10 battle stars.

Gerald R. Ford, Jr., United States Navy Lieutenant Years of service: 1942–1946. Served on USS Monterey. Earned 10 battle stars.

The May 14, 1945 cover of LIFE Magazine, the first after VE-Day, depicting a "victorious Yank" in a cropped photo by Robert Capa.

The May 14, 1945 cover of LIFE Magazine, the first after VE-Day, depicting a "victorious Yank" in a cropped photo by Robert Capa.

Avenge Pearl Harbor! Vintage WWII Navy recruiting poster. #poster #navy

Avenge Pearl Harbor

Avenge Pearl Harbor! Vintage WWII Navy recruiting poster. #poster #navy

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