[Rushtalk] When Hollywood Had *REAL* Men..........

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sat Feb 15 06:44:20 MST 2014

      They Were MEN!!!

  I can only share this with people roughly my age, since many people 
today have no idea who these men were -- and that's a pity ...

  Sterling Hayden, US Marines and OSS. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia 
and parachuted into Croatia.

  James Stewart, US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank 
of General.

  Ernest Borgnine, US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton.

  Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over 
Korea as well.)

  Telly Savalas, US Army.

  Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps., B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer.

  Steve Forrest, US Army. Wounded, Battle of the Bulge.

  Jonathan Winters, USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS 
Bon Homme Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa.

  Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of 
USS Bunker Hill

  Kirk Douglas, US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action 
and medically discharged.

  Robert Mitchum, US Army.

  Dale Robertson, US Army. Tank Commander in North Africa under 
Patton. Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission.

  Henry Fonda, US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee.

  John Carroll, US Army Air Corps. Pilot in North Africa. Broke his 
back in a crash.

  Lee Marvin US Marines. Sniper. Wounded in action on Saipan. Buried 
in Arlington National Cemetery, Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis.

  Art Carney, US Army. Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day. Limped for 
the rest of his life.

  Wayne Morris, US Navy fighter pilot, USS Essex.  Downed seven 
Japanese fighters.

  Rod Steiger, US Navy. Was aboard one of the ships that launched the 
Doolittle Raid.

  Tony Curtis, US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the 
surrender of Japan.

  Larry Storch. US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteuswith Tony Curtis.

  Forrest Tucker, US Army. Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant.

  Robert Montgomery, US Navy.

  George Kennedy, US Army. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor, stayed in 
sixteen years.

  Mickey Rooney, US Army under Patton. Bronze Star.

  Denver Pyle, US Navy. Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal. 
Medically discharged.

  Burgess Meredith, US Army Air Corps.

  DeForest Kelley, US Army Air Corps.

  Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Officer.

  Neville Brand, US Army, Europe. Was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

  Tyrone Power, US Marines. Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater.

  Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerial 
gunner on a B-25, Aleutians.

  Danny Aiello, US Army. Lied about his age to enlist at 16. Served 
three years.

  James Arness, US Army. As an infantryman, he was severely wounded 
at Anzio, Italy.

  Efram Zimbalist, Jr., US Army. Purple Heart for a severe wound 
received at Huertgen Forest.

  Mickey Spillane, US Army Air Corps, Fighter Pilot and later Instructor Pilot.

  Rod Serling. US Army. 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. He 
jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila.

  Gene Autry, US Army Air Corps. Crewman on transports that ferried 
supplies over "The Hump" in the China-Burma-India Theater.

  Wiliam Holden, US Army Air Corps.

  Alan Hale Jr, US Coast Guard.

  Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Battle of Okinawa.

  Russell Johnson, US Army Air Corps. B-24 crewman who was awarded 
Purple Heart when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese in the 

  William Conrad, US Army Air Corps. Fighter Pilot.

  Jack Klugman, US Army.

  Frank Sutton, US Army. Took part in 14 assault landings, including 
Leyte, Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor.

  Jackie Coogan, US Army Air Corps. Volunteered for gliders and flew 
troops and materials into Burma behind enemy lines.

  Tom Bosley, US Navy.

  Claude Akins, US Army. Signal Corps., Burma and the Philippines.

  Chuck Connors, US Army. Tank-warfare instructor.

  Harry Carey Jr., US Navy.

  Mel Brooks, US Army. Combat Engineer. Saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.

  Robert Altman, US Army Air Corps. B-24 Co-Pilot.

  Pat Hingle, US Navy. Destroyer USS Marshall

  Fred Gwynne, US Navy. Radioman.

  Karl Malden, US Army Air Corps. 8th Air Force, NCO.

  Earl Holliman. US Navy. Lied about his age to enlist. Discharged 
after a year when they Navy found out.

  Rock Hudson, US Navy. Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines.

  Harvey Korman, US Navy.

  Aldo Ray. US Navy. UDT frogman, Okinawa.

  Don Knotts, US Army, Pacific Theater.

  Don Rickles, US Navy aboardUSS Cyrene.

  Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Served aboard an LST in the Battle of Okinawa.

  Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Instructor.

  Soupy Sales, US Navy. Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific.

  Lee Van Cleef, US Navy. Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper.

  Clifton James, US Army, South Pacific. Was awarded the Silver Star, 
Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

  Ted Knight, US Army, Combat Engineers.

  Jack Warden, US Navy, 1 938-1942, then US Army, 1 942-1945. 101st 
Airborne Division.

  Don Adams. US Marines. Wounded on Guadalcanal, then served as a 
Drill Instructor.

  James Gregory, US Navy and US Marines.

  Brian Keith, US Marines. Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers.

  Fess Parker, US Navy and US Marines. Booted from pilot training for 
being too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator.

  Charles Durning. US Army. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Shot 
multiple times. Awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star and three 
Purple Hearts. Survived Malmedy Massacre.

  Raymond Burr, US Navy. Shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically 

  Hugh O'Brian, US Marines.

  Robert Ryan, US Marines.

  Eddie Albert, US Coast Guard. Bronze Star with Combat V for saving 
several Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during 
the invasion of Tarawa.

  Clark Gable, US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe.

  Charles Bronson, US Army Air Corps. B-29 gunner, wounded in action.

  Peter Graves, US Army Air Corps.

  Buddy Hackett, US Army anti-aircraft gunner.

  Victor Mature, US Coast Guard.

  Jack Palance, US Army Air Corps. Severely injured bailing out of a 
burning B-24 bomber.

  Robert Preston, US Army Air Corps. Intelligence Officer

  Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard. Coast Guard. Participated in the 
invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the assault transportUSS Cavalier.

  Norman Fell, US Army Air Corps., Tail Gunner, Pacific Theater.

  Jason Robards, US Navy. was aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton 
when it was sunk off Guadalcanal. Also served on the USS 
Nashvilleduring the invasion of the Philippines, surviving a kamikaze 
hit that caused 223 casualties.

  Steve Reeves, US Army, Philippines.

  Dennis Weaver, US Navy. Pilot.

  Robert Taylor, US Navy. Instructor Pilot.

  Randolph Scott. Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due 
to injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1.

  Ronald Reagan. US Army. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves 
before the war. His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas 
with his unit when war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps 
Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration.

  John Wayne. Declared "4F medically unfit" due to pre-existing 
injuries, he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, 
Navy and Film Corps.) so he gets honorable mention.

  And of course we have Audie Murphy, America's most-decorated 
soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army 
service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor.

  Would someone please remind me again how many of today's Hollywood 
elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan?

  The only one who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down 
a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona 
Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September, 11, 2001 and 
serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004. But rather 
than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country 
before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers and the Left.
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