War II Heroes from Hollywood
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
A little 5'5" tall 110-pound guy from Texas who played cowboy
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
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
with Germany Clasp, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry
Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with Bayonet
French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre, French Legion
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.
operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-day.
("Scotty" on Star Trek)
landed in Normandy with the
U. S. Army on D-day.
(The Great Escape)
really was an R. A. F. pilot who was
shot down, held prisoner and
tortured by the Germans.
was a Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos
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.
(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.
was an Army Air Corps Sergeant
was a U. S. Navy Gunners Mate
was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver Star and
awarded the Purple Heart.
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
was a decorated U. S. Marine.
(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
served as a U.S. Marine rear gunner
in several actions against the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.
was a U.S. Marine on Saipan
during the Marines' campaign
when he was wounded
earning the Purple Heart.
In 1942, he enlisted in the
Marine Corps where he received a battlefield commission and
wounded and highly decorated for
valor at Guadalcanal.
was a U. S. Marine who served
with the O. S. S. in Yugoslavia.
(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.
US Marine Pilot
He re-enlisted during the Korean war