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Rod Serling 

private in the 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. Jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded on Manila.

George Kennedy 

served under Gen. George Patton as an officer. He portrayed Patton in the 78 movie Brass Target.

Bob Keeshan
"Captain Kangaroo"

U.S. Marines, enlisted two weeks before his 18th birthday. He saw no combat because his enlistment was just two months before the bombing of Hiroshima

Mike Wallace 

served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a communications officer in Hawaii, Australia and aboard a submarine tender.

John Ford 

enlisted in U.S. Navy and became head of photograpic unit with the rank of commander. Ford was on the U.S.S. Hornet and filmed the departure of Doolittle's Raiders.  John Ford was wounded filming aboard ship during the Battle of Midway and received a Purple Heart. Later turned into a feature film, William Wyler's documentary Memphis Belle told the story of a B-17's last bombing mission.

Leslie Howard,

also returned to Britain, was killed when his BOAC 777 was shot down by German fighters. A Winston Churchill double was on board. The Allies knew from Ultra that the plane was going to be shot down.


Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

 posted to Lord Louis Mountbatton's staff where he devised gadgets to confuse the Germans. He later led a commando assault on the Casquet lighthouse on the coast of France. Two months later he conducted a desert raid on Sened Station in North Africa. He also commanded a detachment of PT boats that sailed toward the coast of France to deceive the Germans about an invasion. He was awarded the Silver Star and the British Distinguished Service Cross.

Eddie Albert  

US Navy. Drove Amtracks in several Pacific invasions. 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. 

Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV) was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action as a U.S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov.1943.

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