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When Hollywood Volunteered to go to War

Veterans Tales by Vassar Bushmills

March 29, 2019 is Vietnam Veterans Day.

Those veterans, called Baby Boomers, all recognize these Hollywood stars who served in the military during World War II. It’s called a handshake.

Obviously this is not the America of today that it was seventy years ago when “movie stars” just naturally put love of country above their own personal interests.

 


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.) 

 

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[…]

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