World War II veteran and distinguished actor CHARLES DURNING was a 21-year old infantryman when he landed on Omaha Beach in the D-Day invasion. The only man in his company to survive, he was wounded three times and received three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his wartime valor.
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.
VIETNAM ¥ (1969) 1st LT Sharon A Lane, U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserve United States Army. She was killed by a North Vietnamese rocket on June 8, 1969 while attending to her patients at 312th Evac Hospital, Chu Lai, South Vietnam. Lt. Lane was the only American servicewoman killed as a direct result of enemy fire throughout the war in Southeast Asia.
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.
U.S. MILITARY. Audie Murphy (1925-1971) was one of the most famous and decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He was awarded 33 U.S. decorations and medals, five medals from France, and one from Belgium. He received every U.S. decoration for valor available to Army ground personnel at the time. He earned the Silver Star twice in three days, two Bronze Star Medals, three Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Medal of Honor.
Abraham Coleman is proud of his Army commendations, even though he originally shunned them. During his year of service in the Korean War in 1950-51 he was twice wounded and received two Purple Hearts, three Battle Stars for three major engagements he fought in, a Combat Infantry Badge, a Combat Artillery Badge, a Korean Service Medal and the Korean Occupation Medal.
WOW..read about this hero..they don't come any tougher! Honoring Robert Lewis Howard who was a highly decorated United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War. He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat, was awarded 8 Purple Hearts, 4 Bronze Stars, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor three separate times. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on February 22, 2010
Neville Brand (1920-1992) joined the US Army in 1939, meaning to make a career in the military. According to official military records, Brand was the recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry in combat. His other awards and decorations are the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Ribbon, the European/ African/ Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Battle Stars, one Overseas Service Bar, one Service Stripe, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
Captain Robert Lewis Howard United States Army Medal of Honor recipient during the Vietnam War. He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat, was awarded 8 Purple Hearts, 4 Bronze Stars, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor three separate times. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on February 22, 2010. Godspeed Sir...