Kris Kristofferson born June 22, 1936, in Brownsville, TX. Graduated from Pomona College and earned Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. Joined US Army in early 1960s serving as helicopter pilot and Ranger. Discharged a captain. Country music singer, songwriter, musician, and film actor best known for his music.
Humphrey Bogart enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWI in the spring of 1918. He is recorded as a model sailor who spent most of his months int he Navy after the Armistice was signed, ferrying troops back from Europe.
Clark Gable, Major US Army Air Corps 1942-44 WW II. Although beyond draft age, he enlisted as a private. Assigned to OCS he excelled and received a commission. He flew five combat mission as an observer/gunner in a B-17 earning a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal. On his 4th mission, a 20mm shell cut the heel from his boot. His discharge was signed by Captain Ronald Reagan.
James M. “Jimmy” Stewart (1908-1997), Colonel, U.S. Army Air Force 1941-45. WW II. Rejected by the draft for being underweight, he enlisted as a private in 1941 and became the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in WW II. Promoted to 2nd Lt. in 1942, he flew 20 bombing missions over Europe earning 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 4 Air Medals. In 1968 he retired from the USAF Reserve a Brig General.
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.
Robert Cummings-He was taught to fly by his godfather Orville Wright. He was the first official flight instructor in the U.S.he was in the Army Air Corps in WW2. After the war, he served as a pilot in the Air Force Reserve
Edward P. "Ed" McMahon Jr. (1923-2009). Capt., U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-45, 52-53, WW II & Korean War. Served as a Corsair fighter pilot instructor in WW II, then flew 85 artillery-spotting missions over Korea in a Cessna Bird Dog earning 6 Air Medals. He was later promoted to colonel in the reserves, and BrigGen in the Calif Nat'l Guard.
Walter Matthau (October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an American actor. During World War II, Matthau served in the U.S. Army Air Forces with the Eighth Air Force in England as a B-24 Liberator radioman-gunner, in the same 453rd Bombardment Group as James Stewart. He reached the rank of staff sergeant, and was awarded 6 battle stars.
Captain Robert Prince - Served in WWII as a captain in the US Army's elite 6th Ranger Battalion and was chosen to plan and carry out the rescue at the Cabanatuan POW camp in the Philippines (The Great Raid) where 522 pows were liberated. Prince went on to earn the rank of Major and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.