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Glen Ford (Actor)
U.S. Naval Reserve officer who rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal for his service in World War II in 1992.

Frank Capra

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Bob Hope
U.S. Ambassador of
Good Will

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Julia Child

(World Reknowned

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Captain, Clark Gable
323rd Bomb, Squadron, 91st Bomb Group (The "Eight Ball)
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 attended Officers' Candidate School at Miami Beach and graduated as a second lieutenant. He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943, on personal orders from Gen. Arnold, went to England to make a motion picture of aerial gunners in action. 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 to obtain the combat film footage he believed was required for producing the movie entitled "Combat America." 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. 

NOTE:  After the death of his wife, Clark Gable enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a 41-year-old lowly private (though a private that had his uniforms tailored by the MGM costume department). During his tour of duty, Gable filmed German military installations for U.S. Army Intelligence, which led field marshal Hermann Goering to put a price on his head. It was never collected.

Brigadier General 
James M. Stewart, 


Jimmy Stewart was the first Hollywood celeb to enter the service for World War II. Though initially refused entry into the air force because he was underweight, Stewart talked the recruitment officer into admitting him. He would fly 20 combat missions as a B-24 Pilot in Europe and command a squadron, eventually earning the rank of colonel, as well as the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Croix de Guerre and seven battle stars. After the war, Stewart continued in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and became a brigadier general, the highest-ranking entertainer in the American military.


Joined USAAC in 1940, was initially refused entry because he was 5 pounds under the required 148 pounds, but he talked the recruitment officer into ignoring the test. Eventually became a Colonel, 8th AF Sqn Cmdr 703 BS 445 BG, and Ops Officer 453 BG (&rt;456 BG), awarded the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Croix de Guerre, and 7 battle stars. Flew B-52 and B-58 in Vietnam. In 1959, while in the USAFR, he was promoted to BrigGenl, the highest ranking actor in military history (but would not allow his war record to be used in movies or as publicity).

Served with the 8th AF, 453rd BG, 734th BS on "MALE CALL".

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Lee Marvin
Private 1st Class,
Purple Heart Recipient

Lee Marvin was a Marine on Saipan when he was wounded.

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Charles Bronson

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