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John Wayne's personal items are up for auction
LA Times ^ | September 7, 2011 | Susan King

Posted on 09/06/2011 5:55:59 PM PDT by jazusamo

Ethan Wayne, the youngest son of Hollywood legend John Wayne, hates to have anything in his pockets because as a young boy he couldn't go out of the house with his dad without a stack of business cards that read, "Good Luck, John Wayne" on one side and the Duke's name typed on the other side stuffed in his pockets.

"He would always take care of the fans no matter how busy he got," said Wayne, 49, who is named after his father's character in John Ford's influential 1956 western "The Searchers."

"If he couldn't sign [an autograph] or talk to them, they at least got a card," said Wayne. "I would say to him, 'Dad, why do we have to talk to this guy?' He'd say, 'Son, because these are the people who allow me to do what I do.' Because they watched his films he was allowed to do what he did and live a certain lifestyle and take care of his family way until his late 60s. He was always astonished [by his success]."

Since 2003, Ethan Wayne has headed John Wayne Enterprises in Newport Beach, which is owned by the Duke's children and grandchildren and whose primary mission is to preserve and protect the name, likeness and image of the larger-than-life movie star. He also has such a large collection of his father's movie memorabilia that he has opened his archives for auction.

"We get phone calls here, not daily anymore, but certainly weekly from fans saying, 'How can I get one of your dad's vests from this film or these films?'" said Wayne, sitting in a conference room at his office. "People have been calling for 32 years. His films affected people and they have a personal relationship with the guy and they want that...

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John Wayne was a great actor and a great man.

There's a mistake in the article where Ethan Wayne says they're going to keep his Congressional Medal of Honor, I believe it should read the Congressional Gold Medal.

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1 posted on 09/06/2011 5:56:05 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

John Wayne was a great American.

A man’s man.

He wasn’t perfect, no one is, but he was close enough.

His kids turned out well too, unlike some Fonda we know.


2 posted on 09/06/2011 6:05:38 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Well said. John Wayne had decent life long friends throughout his career and his family reflects the same.


3 posted on 09/06/2011 6:12:34 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

My friends father used to play poker with him in FL.....always thought that was cool......Duke was cool


4 posted on 09/06/2011 6:21:30 PM PDT by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: All

The Duke CONSUMED the screen in a way today’s modern Hollywood dung-heaps only dream of...


5 posted on 09/06/2011 6:23:20 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: jazusamo
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6 posted on 09/06/2011 6:24:00 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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7 posted on 09/06/2011 6:28:08 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: jazusamo
John Wayne was a great actor and a great man.

He played one role: John Wayne. And as to his being a great man, not in my book. Not someone who was pleased to be in the situations where all that was fired were blanks, but not in a situation where real bullets were fired. I have reference to the stories of how he avoided service in WWII.

Perhaps you would like to tell that I'm full of it and he really wanted to serve but couldn't.

8 posted on 09/06/2011 6:29:38 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

He was just starting out in film when WW II broke out and he did take the opportunity to duck enlistment.
He did, however, serve in many other ways, raising morale like few others could. Not every man can be a Jimmy Stewart or Clark Gable (both served in uniform.)


9 posted on 09/06/2011 6:37:05 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Damn right he ducked enlistment. And Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable were twice the man this macho pretender was.

And that argument about alternate service swings no weight with me.


10 posted on 09/06/2011 6:41:04 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum
He was an entertainer. His movies were entertaining and usually conveyed a healthy message. By all accounts he was a good man and loved his country.

That should be good enough for anyone.

11 posted on 09/06/2011 6:47:22 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

I’m not saying he wasn’t an entertainer. I’m saying that if he took off his shirt and turned around one might well see a large yellow stripe.

You see, I just think the man was the epitome of hypocrisy: he played tough, brave men but it was a lie.

Not good enough for me.


12 posted on 09/06/2011 6:51:29 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: ETL

Great pics, Thanks!


13 posted on 09/06/2011 6:52:30 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: OldPossum

You’ve made your point and everyone is entitled to his opinion.


14 posted on 09/06/2011 6:54:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Yeah, too bad that you worship a false idol.


15 posted on 09/06/2011 6:59:06 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

Your opinion and a buck will buy you a cup of coffee, and you can take that false idol worship crap and stick it up your backside. Have a lousy evening, friend.


16 posted on 09/06/2011 7:03:31 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: OldPossum

I have two close family members who served in the Corps.

I was wondering what branch you served in?


17 posted on 09/06/2011 7:08:16 PM PDT by hwkbeer (I will pursue my enemy and not stop till I consume him.)
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To: jazusamo

I read several of the letters from Jimmy Carter to John Wayne at the Heritage Auction site. Pretty sleazy. You can tell Carter was really ticked off at Wayne for his lack of support on draft dodger amnesty, the Panama Canal giveaway, the defense budget cuts, and other issues.


18 posted on 09/06/2011 7:11:34 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: Kirkwood

Thanks for the heads up, I’m going to spend some time there and look things over.


19 posted on 09/06/2011 7:15:58 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Your opinion and a buck will buy you a cup of coffee, and you can take that false idol worship crap and stick it up your backside. Have a lousy evening, friend.

Right on brother!

20 posted on 09/06/2011 7:17:20 PM PDT by steelwheels
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To: OldPossum
Yeah, too bad that you worship a false idol.

Good grief.

21 posted on 09/06/2011 7:22:20 PM PDT by steelwheels
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To: jazusamo

Elvis Presley was a great actor and a great man.

(As was Frankie Avalon, whispers in my ear my granma, but I’m too young to remember that.)


22 posted on 09/06/2011 7:24:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: steelwheels

Not much of an exaggeration, sir. It seems to me that John Wayne fans practically worship the jerk.


23 posted on 09/06/2011 7:29:48 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Revolting cat!

Elvis was a great singer but he was far from a great actor, and I remember. :-)


24 posted on 09/06/2011 7:30:29 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: OldPossum
I’m not saying he wasn’t an entertainer. I’m saying that if he took off his shirt and turned around one might well see a large yellow stripe. You see, I just think the man was the epitome of hypocrisy: he played tough, brave men but it was a lie. Not good enough for me.

As a young man, he applied for admission to Annapolis. When the U.S. enetered the war, he was 34 with 4 children.

Where do you get "the man was the epitome of hypocrisy: he played tough, brave men but it was a lie?"

When did he ever lie or mis-represent his military service, a la Gore or Kerry?

You do realize the difference between movies and reality, or do I assume too much?

25 posted on 09/06/2011 7:30:58 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: hwkbeer

Re your post 17: Army, 1959-62, which included 16 months in South Korea (peacetime, of course).


26 posted on 09/06/2011 7:31:54 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: hwkbeer

Re your post 17: Army, 1959-62, which included 16 months in South Korea (peacetime, of course).


27 posted on 09/06/2011 7:33:38 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: jazusamo

Congress awarded his family the Congressional Medal of Honor, and Peanuts Carter awarded the lifelong Republican the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


28 posted on 09/06/2011 7:34:41 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Castlebar
When the U.S. enetered the war, he was 34 with 4 children.

He still could have served. He chose not to. You can look it up.

And as for that perception of the difference between movies and reality, I can tell the difference. I'm not too sure about the John Wayne fans.

29 posted on 09/06/2011 7:37:28 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

Army cool.My uncle retired Army twenty years.Intellegence.

He traveled the world over.He also told me many times how much of an asset Duke was to this great country.

I appreciate your service,even as you admit there were no bullits flying.
Didn’t Duke have a hit contract on him from the Commies?

Must have been doing some good for this country to warrent that much attention from our foe.


30 posted on 09/06/2011 7:38:00 PM PDT by hwkbeer (I will pursue my enemy and not stop till I consume him.)
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To: OldPossum

Army cool.My uncle retired Army twenty years.Intellegence.

He traveled the world over.He also told me many times how much of an asset Duke was to this great country.

I appreciate your service,even as you admit there were no bullits flying.
Didn’t Duke have a hit contract on him from the Commies?

Must have been doing some good for this country to warrent that much attention from our foe.


31 posted on 09/06/2011 7:38:13 PM PDT by hwkbeer (I will pursue my enemy and not stop till I consume him.)
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To: BerryDingle

Yeah, if you google it there are some that say his family was awarded the Medal of Honor but they’ve got to be mistakes from people that didn’t know the difference.


32 posted on 09/06/2011 7:40:01 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Castlebar

I have gotten flames for this before, but here I go:

We need to keep the “greatest generation” in context. While there were lines at the Recruiters the day after Pearl Harbor, most soldiers entered service through the draft. Across my family there were nIne men of age during WWII. All served. One enlisted. The rest were drafted. They served honorably. But in conversations with them over the years, none of them was thrilled about going. And given a chance NOT to have to, they would have rather stayed home. They are heroes for what they DID do. But do not assume that because someone served it was all patriotic and hung ho.


33 posted on 09/06/2011 7:42:23 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Ok, just to review. Here is a list of things that are NOT rights: A home, Health care, and a job.)
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To: jazusamo

A great American Conservative, and life-long hero of mine.


34 posted on 09/06/2011 7:42:32 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: jazusamo

There is some fascinating stuff in there. I could spend several evenings going through it. Also some things that seem to be missing. Maybe they are being held back by the family. Letters from Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan for example (I did see 2 invitations from RR). Where are all of his guns? Were they donated to the NRA museum or already sold off? There is a receipt in there for a .22 and an AR-15 with 3 magazines. I wish I had money to bid on some of those items. I would love to have that saddle.


35 posted on 09/06/2011 7:43:22 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: OldPossum

To return to these two items:

“Where do you get “the man was the epitome of hypocrisy: he played tough, brave men but it was a lie?””

I’m merely pointing out that the man presented his persona as a man’s man and I doubt that he ever took any pains to differentiate himself from that perception. I would bet that his fans probably had a hard time separating Wayne the actor from Wayne the man.

I would add that he seemed to enjoy playing the rough and ready cowboy, soldier, Marine, or airman, any tough guy role (probably because that was the extent of his acting talent). After all, he selected the roles he played in the movies.

“When did he ever lie or mis-represent his military service, a la Gore or Kerry?”

I don’t recall even bringing up this topic.


36 posted on 09/06/2011 7:47:56 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: jazusamo

37 posted on 09/06/2011 7:49:38 PM PDT by Bobalu (He who is compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate)
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To: jazusamo

Here is his award for serving in the OSS during WWII.
http://entertainment.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=7045&lotNo=44061#Photo


38 posted on 09/06/2011 7:52:05 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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He was 33 when WW2 began. In all my years in the Marine Corps, I only once met a man over 33 join the Marines and he was barely 34.

Just about everybody I know did not sign up for service after 9-11. They are less than real men according to your silly standard.
39 posted on 09/06/2011 7:52:46 PM PDT by jps098
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To: Bobalu

A nice set of pics, thanks for posting.


40 posted on 09/06/2011 7:59:09 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
...life-long hero of mine.

He was a life-long hero of yours? Goodness gracious. The man had no real war-time experiences. He was a Hollywood ACTOR. What's to admire about that?

I can understand that you could admire the kind of person he portrayed but surely not the person he was.

If you want a hero, think of someone like Audey Murphy. Here's a guy who fought the Germans in real combat situations and was the most decorated soldier of World War II. Now, there's a hero, not some actor who is good at make-believe.

41 posted on 09/06/2011 8:03:22 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Kirkwood

That’s interesting and signed by “Wild Bill” Donovan.


42 posted on 09/06/2011 8:03:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: OldPossum

Did you know that John Wayne was in the OSS? I didn’t know that until tonight when I happened upon that certificate. As far as I know, he never spoke about it. I know John Ford was in the OSS, but he didn’t talk much about it either. There are a lot of ways a person can serve their country in a time of war.


43 posted on 09/06/2011 8:04:58 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: jps098

There’s the Marine Corps now and there’s the Marine Corps of WWII. It’s my understanding that the age requirements were different then.


44 posted on 09/06/2011 8:05:11 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

You may not know what the OSS was. It was the precursor to the CIA. It was involved in propaganda, espionage, information collection and dispersal, etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Strategic_Services


45 posted on 09/06/2011 8:07:57 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: jazusamo
"Your opinion and a buck will buy you a cup of coffee"

Where do you get such a cheap cup of coffee?
46 posted on 09/06/2011 8:09:43 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: jazusamo
Some more...John and Ethan in several...Ethan was Officer Matt Doyle in Adam 12, a long running old TV series.


47 posted on 09/06/2011 8:12:34 PM PDT by Bobalu (He who is compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate)
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To: OldPossum

Here is the CIA webpage on John Ford and the OSS film unit:

https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/john-ford.html

Since Wayne and Ford worked together on numerous films, I can see how Ford would have asked for Wayne’s input on various projects, and that is how Wayne helped to serve his country during the war.


48 posted on 09/06/2011 8:17:55 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: OldPossum

Donovan’s wikipage:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Joseph_Donovan

Donovan was the head of the OSS and was awarded a Medal of Honor. If he was willing to sign his name to a certificate that John Wayne served honorably as a member of the OSS, that is good enough for me.


49 posted on 09/06/2011 8:29:05 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: jazusamo

James Steward is my favorite.
He just didn’t play a hero in the movies.
He was a real life hero.


50 posted on 09/06/2011 8:50:02 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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