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Judge Wapner  
of The People's Court was saved from a sniper's bullet when it lodged in a can of tuna he was carrying while an Army officer in the Pacific

David Niven 

Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy.

Royal Army.  Has a  charming tale of his war service (including the time he lets a German general slip away) in his autobiography The Moon's a Balloon 

Jeff Chandler

Enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor.  Served 4 years of service.


Rock Hudson

U.S. Navy Airplane Mechanic


(PB4Y Pilot) - Actor

Served with VMR 353 in the Pacific.  an established movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed) joined the Marines, was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded Marines out of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

He died of a heart attack while on set, brought on by having to carry Gina Lollobrigida up and down the stairs 40 times for retakes, while filming "Solomon and Sheba" in Italy! 

Steve McQueen 


Henry Fonda 

Enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1942 was stationed on the destroyer U.S.S. Satterlee as a quartermaster third class. Fonda was later commissioned a Lt.(j.g.) and was put into Air Combat Intelligence in the Central Pacific. Fonda was later commissioned a Lt.(j.g.) and was put into Air Combat Intelligence in the Central Pacific. He was awarded a Bronze Star medal.

John Wayne

John Wayne worked with the USO, visited the troops and was honored by the military with a Army RAH-66 Helicopter named the "Duke."

John Wayne Tribute

Note: Although the former college footballer never served in the armed forces offscreen--a subject his detractors have not forgotten--John Wayne did volunteer three times for active duty in World War II, in the army, navy and as a member of John Ford's field photographic unit. Classified 4-F due to chronic back pain suffered during a youthful surfing accident (and further aggravated by 10 years of doing his own movie stunts), Wayne was rejected every time. In his first Oscar-nominated role, The Sands of Iwo Jima, Wayne leads his fellow marines through battle to watch the flag be raised on Mt. Suribachi.

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