Clark Gable, Captain, US Army Air Corps. Although beyond draft age, he enlisted & attended Officers' Candidate School, graduating as a 2nd lieutenant. He then attended aerial gunnery school & in Feb. 1943, went to England to make a recruiting film. He was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group & flew 5 combat missions. Hilter favored Gable above all other actors & offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture & bring Gable to him unscathed.
Actor/Bad-Ass: Charles Durning was in the first wave on D-Day with the 1st Div. He was the only member of his unit to survive. He took out several German machine guns and was wounded. Later, he was bayoneted 8 times in hand-to-hand combat. At The Bulge he survived The Malmedy Massacre. He refused to discuss his service for which he was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts. "Too many bad memories," he told an interviewer. "I don't want you to see me crying." A true American hero…
On March 22, 1941, Jimmy Stewart was drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces. He was assigned to the Army Air Corps as an enlisted man and stationed at Moffett Field, Calif. During his nine months of training at that base, he also took extension courses with the idea of obtaining a commission. He completed the courses and was awaiting the results when Pearl Harbor took place. A month later he received his commission, and because he had logged over 400 hours as a civilian, he was permitted to...
Ronald Reagan (1911-2006) He enlisted in Army 1935. Enlisted Reserve 1937. Regan was a private in Troop B, 322nd Cavalry and ordered to active duty in 1942. Due to his nearsightedness, was classified for limited service only, which excluded serving overseas. He was assigned to First Motion Picture Unit in 1944, where Captain Reagan remained until end of World War II. He served as the 33rd Governor of California. As the 40th President of United States, his final rank was Commander-in-Chief.
“Jackie” Robinson (1919-1972) 2nd Lt. Tank Cmdr, USA, 1942-44 WW II. Drafted as private. Applied for OCS & Commissioned. Assigned 761st Black Panthers Tank Bn. In 1944 Army Bus Driver Ordered Him to Sit “at Back Of Bus”, He Refused. MPs Arrested Him. Falsely Accused of Drunkenness (did not drink), Court-Martial-ed, Acquitted - Ended His Military Career. Saw No Action. 2nd Base. Brooklyn Dodgers 47-56. Baseball Hall of Fame 1962. http://chexydecimal.com/2012/02/friday-face-jackie-robinson/
Charles Bronson (born Charles Dennis Buchinsky; November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003) an American film and television actor, born to a Polish-Lithuanian immigrant father and a Lithuanian-American mother. In 1943, Bronson enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and served as a B-29 aerial gunner as a Superfortress crewman with the 39th Bombardment Group based in Guam. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received during his service. Best known for his "Death Wish" series.
CLARK GABLE serving as an gunner during in WWII. He signed up for duty following the tragic death of his wife Carole Lombard, who was on a war bond tour when her plane crashed. The grief-striken Gable served with a bomber squad in Europe. Due to his fame and heroism, Hitler put a bounty on Gable's head.