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Old 04-20-2015, 07:40 PM
Location: San Diego CA
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His actual military records are online. See Smokinggun.com.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:21 AM
Location: Rainy Ulster.
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Of the British Hollywood contingent, already mentioned was David Niven, who was a lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry in the early 30s. He was both an intelligence and frontline officer during WW2 and the two famous stories about him are that just before one attack he said to his men, "Its alright for you lot, you only have to do this once. I'll have to fo it again after the war with Errol Flynn."

Thats probably apocryphal but the second story which is apparently true is that during the later stages of the Battle of the Bulge, Niven was the intelligence liason officer between British and US army frontline HQs and often had to shuttle back and forth between them , sometimes over no mans land or German held territory. He was given a US army jeep and driver for this and on one occasion was stopped by a US Army patrol who were alarmed at seeing an unfamiliar uniform in a US army jeep, especially as the Germans had famously infiltrated allied lines using English speaking SS troops in Allied uniforms. So the understandably jumpy and trigger itchy GIs asked him one of those questions to see if he was kosher or not, and asked him, "Who won the world series in 1938.?"
Niven, whose sporting love was cricket and in spite of his Hollywood years, probably had as much knowledge of baseball as one of tbe SS troops he was suspected of being, replied, "I have no idea because i spent most of the summer of 38 f**king Ginger Rogers."

Sir Christopher Lee, and im convinced he is not from this planet, has a biography that reads like an improbable and outlandish schlock novel. Its no surprise that he was a personal friend of Ian Fleming and is the son of a bona fide Italian countess.
The word badass would never come anywhere near describing this legend as many of his exploits in wartime intelligence and special forces are still top secret. Chuck Norris, all this and he also makes death metal records while in his 90s. Beat that, Chuck Norris.

When Lee was filming Lord of the Rings and playing Saruman. Peter Jackson trying to motivate him for a scene where he dispatches a lowly underling told him. "And while you do it try to imagine what the feel and sound of your hands crushing his throat would be like."
Lee replied, "Oh i dont have to imagine it, dear boy."

Another honourable mention must go to a name maybe unfamiliar to most Americans, Richard Todd.
As a young captain in the Parachute Regiment, Todd was one of the ones flown in by glider just hours before the Normandy invasion to take and hold the famous Pegasus bridge across the Caen canal in Normandy.
His commander was the highly decorated Major John Howard.
While filming the war movie The Longest Day, Todd portrayed Howard and was also a technical advisor to the film. Theres a scene after the bridge has been captured where a young officer comes up to Howard to tell him that his men are in place and ready to repel German counter attacks. In reality Todd was that officer and he was playing his boss while talking to a fella playing himself in acting out an actual exchange that had happened during one of the great battles in world history barely 20 years previously.

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Old 04-21-2015, 06:27 AM
Location: Central Maine
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Chuck Connors in the Army - WWII, don't know if he actually went overseas. Pat Sajak was Army I believe. Drew Carry - USMC.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:01 PM
Location: On the East Coast
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George C. Scott served in the Marines.
Kirk Douglas and Paul Newman served in the Navy.
James Garner served in the Army.
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Old 04-22-2015, 02:31 AM
Location: Montana
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Originally Posted by Coolhand68 View Post
George Carlin, Johnny Cash, Chuck Norris and Sinbad were all in the Air Force.
So they didn't actually serve in the military then.... GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY!
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Old 04-22-2015, 02:40 AM
Location: Montana
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Lee Marvin served in the USMC and was wounded in battle (Saipan, I believe).

Charles Lindbergh flew combat missions in the pacific as a private citizen, but was not allowed in the European theater because of his pre war activities to keep us out of WW II with Germany.
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:20 PM
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"Lonesome" George Gobel was a B-26 pilot instructor.
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:19 PM
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Originally Posted by deckdoc View Post
Simple~ no draft!
Actors no longer have to serve!

Actress Bea Arthur didn't have to worry about the draft...

When she heard, "enlistments for women in the Marines were open, she decided the only thing to do was to join." The then 21-year-old Arthur said she was a typist and truck driver in the Marine Corps. After serving 30 months, she was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

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Old 04-22-2015, 09:43 PM
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The former drill sergeant was Don Adams ("Get Smart").

During World War II, he joined the United States Marine Corps, at the age of 16, by lying about his age. Adams participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Pacific Theater of Operations. His combat service was short-lived; he was shot and contracted blackwater fever, a serious complication of malaria, known for a 90% rate of fatality. He was evacuated and then hospitalized for more than a year at a Navy hospital in Wellington, New Zealand.[1][5][6] After his recovery, he served as a Marine drill instructor in the United States.

The wing commander of my first unit in the Air Force had flown B-17 co-pilot to Tennessee Ernie Ford.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:22 AM
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Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player for the Doors, also served in the Army in the early 1960's.
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