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World War II Heroes from Hollywood
Actors of yesteryear loved the United States. They had both class and integrity. With the advent of World War II many of our actors went to fight for this country we all love. They gave up their wealth, position and fame to become service men and 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, Silver Stars, Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Hearts and one Congressional Medal of Honor.

Audie Murphy
A little 5'5" tall 110-pound guy from Texas who played cowboy parts,
was the 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.

Alec Guinness
(Star Wars)
operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-day.
James Doohan
("Scotty" on Star Trek)
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. During 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 duty. Stewart earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying 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 reservist, reaching 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 time 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' Candidate School at Miami Beach, Fla. and graduated as a second lieutenant on Oct. 28, 1942. He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943 he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook where 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.

Earnest 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-29s in the 20th Air Force
out of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan

George C. Scott
(Patton)
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 the island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov. 1943.

Brian Keith
served as a U.S. Marine rear gunner
in several actions against the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.

Lee Marvin
was a U.S. Marine on Saipan
during the Marines' campaign
when he was wounded
earning the Purple Heart.

John 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.
Ed McMahon
US Marine Pilot
He re-enlisted during the Korean war
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