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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. World War Ii, Henry Fonda, Famous People, Bronze Stars, Movie Stars, United States Navy, Military Uniforms, The Navy, Us Navy
Henry Fonda Enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1942 was stationed on the destroyer U.S.S. Satterlee as a quartermaster third class. Fonda was later commissioned a Lt.(j.g.) and was put into Air Combat Intelligence in the Central Pacific. He was awarded a Bronze Star medal.
"Hedy Lamarr is said to have tipped the balance of WWII. Not only is she almost unbelievably beautiful, she was also exceedingly clever. She was the co-inventor of an early wireless form of communication; her invention allowed shortwave radio communications on the field. She gave the invention, for no compensation, to the US Government. the Germans did not yet have this capability."
Don Rickles (1926- ) Seaman 1st Class USN 1941-46 WW II. Enlisted in the Navy after high school graduation. Served on the USS Cyrene, a torpedo boat tender, in the Pacific. Stand-up comic and actor in more than two dozen films but best remembered as an “insult” comic, frequent guest on the Johnny Carson Show, and in title role of TV’s “C.P.O. Sharkey” (above photo) 1976-78.
Ernest Borgnine (né Ermes Effron Borgnino) Gunner’s Mate 1st Class US Navy 1935-45 WW II. Born in 1917, he served one term in the Navy after high school, then reenlisted after Pearl Harbor. During the war he served aboard the USS Lamberton (DD-119) in the Pacific Theater. Of his many movies he is best remembered for his role as SSgt. “Fatso” in From Here to Eternity, and for the title role in Marty for which he earned an Oscar.
Jackie Cooper served in the USN during WWII in the So. Pacific. Remained active in reserves for several decades reaching the rank Captain. In '59 commissioned Line Officer helping in recruiting, P.R. and training films. Co-piloted jets for the USN and was one of three to be an Honorary Aviator. Was in uniform aboard the USS Constellation for the Bicentennial Celebration. Holds Letters of Commendation from 6 Secretaries of Navy, Charter of VIVA and upon retirement in '82 received Legion of Merit