WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WW
II MOVIE STARS?
Hope you find this as informative as I did.
They had both class and integrity.
With the advent of World
War II many of our actors
went to fight rather than stand and
rant against this country we all love.
up their wealth, position and fame to
become service men & women, many as simple "enlisted men".
This page lists
but a few, but from this group
of only 18 men came over 70 medals in honor of
their valor, spanning from Bronze Stars,
Stars, Distinguish Service Cross', Purple Hearts
and one Congressional Medal of Honor.
Most of these brave men
have since passed on.
"Real Hollywood Heroes"
Alec Guinness (Star Wars) operated
a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.
James Doohan ("Scotty" on
landed in Normandy with the U. S. Army on D-Day.
Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape)
really was an R. A. F. pilot who was shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the Germans.
David Niven was a Sandhurst graduate and
Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy
James Stewart Entered the Army Air Force
as a private and worked his way to the rank of Colonel.
World War II, Stewart served as a bomber
pilot, his service record crediting him with leading
more than 20 missions
over Germany , and
taking part in hundreds of air strikes during his tour of duty.
Stewart earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished
Cross, France's Croix de Guerre,and 7 Battle Stars during World War II.
In peace time, Stewart continued to be an active
member of the Air Force as a
the rank of Brigadier General before retiring in the late 1950s.
Clark Gable (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out)
Although he was beyond the draft age at the
U.S. entered WW II, Clark Gable enlisted as
a private in the AAF on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles .
He attended the Officers' CandidateSchool at
Beach , Fla. and graduated as a second lieutenant on Oct. 28, 1942 .
He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb.
he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook
where he flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s.
Capt. Gable returned to the U.S. in Oct. 1943 and was relieved
from active duty as a
major on Jun. 12, 1944 at his
own request, since he was over-age for combat.
Charlton Heston was an Army
Air Corps Sergeant in Kodiak.
Ernest Borgnine was a U. S.
Navy Gunners Mate 1935-1945.
Charles Durning was a U. S.
Army Ranger at Normandy
earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart.
Charles Bronson was a tail gunner
in the Army Air Corps, more specifically on B-29's in the 20thAir Force out of
Guam, Tinian, and Saipan
George C. Scott was
a decorated U. S. Marine.
Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV)
was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action as a U. S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle on
in the Pacific Nov. 1943.
Brian Keith served as a U.S. Marine rear gunner in several actions against the
on Rabal in the Pacific.
Lee Marvin was a U.S. Marine on Saipan during the Marianas
campaign when he was
wounded earning the Purple Heart.
Russell: In 1942, he
enlisted in the Marine Corps where he received a battlefield commission and was wounded and highly
decorated for valor at Guadalcanal
Robert Ryan was a U. S. Marine
who served with the O. S. S. in Yugoslavia .
Tyrone Power (an established
movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed) joined the U.S. Marines,
was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded Marines out of, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Audie Murphy, little 5'5" tall 110 pound
guy from Texas who played cowboy parts :
Most Decorated serviceman
of WWII and earned: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals
with "V", 2 Purple Hearts, U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 2 Distinguished Unit Emblems,
American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing
nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France) World War II Victory
Medal Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Marksman Badge with
Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar, French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honor, Grade
of Chevalier, French Croix de Guerre With Silver Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Medal of Liberated France, Belgian
Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm.