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They Also Served

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  • PowerPoint Show by Andrew
  • With the advent of World War II, many Hollywood Stars went to fight for this country we all love. They gave up their wealth, position and fame to become service men & women, many as simple "enlisted men."
  • Captain, US Army Air Corps. Although beyond draft age, Clark Gable enlisted as a private in the Air Corps on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles. He was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook and although neither ordered nor expected to do so, flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s. 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.
  • Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy.
  • Initially rejected from the Air Force for being underweight, Stewart beefed up and became the first major Hollywood star to enlist during World War II. Stewart eventually flew in 25 bombing missions over occupied Europe as well as starting a pilot training school which educated 200,000 pilots during the course of the conflict.
  • Served in the U.S. Navy
  • Humphrey Bogart served in the US Navy in the First World War. The ship that he served on was the Leviathan. He saw active service aboard her in 1918. Bogart received an injury to his face and more notably his mouth which left him with a slight lisp this was said to have happened when shrapnel had hit him from an exploding bomb.
  • Served in the U.S. Navy and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor
  • As a child she was a courier for World War II resistance fighters in Holland.
  • Operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.
  • Served in the U.S. Army.
  • Bronson served as a tail-gunner in 25 long-range bombing runs over Japan. Received a purple heart for wounds sustained when his B-29 was hit by anti-aircraft fire.
  • Was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
  • Served as a British pilot who was shot down, held prisoner, and tortured by the Germans.
  • Served in the British Army.
  • Sergeant in U.S. Air Force
  • Was a decorated U.S. Marine
  • U.S. Marines, wounded in the battle of Saipan.
  • R.A.F. Flight Controller
  • U.S. Air Force Flight Instructor
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Marine Corps Pilot in South Pacific
  • Joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 at the age of 17.
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Navy
  • Royal Navy
  • Was a Torpedoman in the U.S. Navy. Falsified his age to enlist at 16.
  • U.S. Army Special Services
  • U.S. Navy. Because of his expertise as an Olympic champion skeet shooter, he was assigned to teach anti-aircraft gunnery.
  • U.S. Air Force Flight Instructor
  • U.S. Army, PFC, Served 21 months with a unit that entertained the troops.
  • He served in the landings at Saipan in 1943, where he rescued wounded and stranded Marines from the beachhead. At Tarawa, he was wounded and lost most of his hearing and earned the Bronze Star.
  • U.S. Air Force
  • He served in the U.S. Navy for twelve years, joining before WWII.
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