This handout image provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the postage stamp honoring legendary actor Jimmy Stewart. The Postal Service will hold ceremonies in Hollywood and Pennsylvania on Friday, Aug. 17, 2007
Gonna have to set some money aside for some of these. Thanks for the heads up.
One of my favorite actors and a great patriot.
I do recommend the recent biography of Jimmy Stewart by (IIRC) Neal Gabler.
It’s a thorough work, but do be forewarned...Gabler did spend just a
bit too much time explicating the moral map of one of Stewart’s great directors
I wonder what Jimmy and his ilk of Tinseltown past would think of today’s obscenely compensated, largely talentless Hollywood flakes, particularly their unsolicited political commentary.
Even those who volunteered and got turned down for active military service (Ronald Reagan) found a way to help.
"Nothings to good for the man who shot Liberty Valance"
He also flew at least one sortie over Vietnam in a B-52.
Eddie Albert - already in the movies. Entered USN, Well decorated for service in the Pacific.
James Arness - Matt Dillon on Gun smoke was wounded in action.
Gene Autry - age 35 and already a star. USAir Corps flying over the Burma Road.
Lew Ayers - anti-war but served as a medic in the US Army in the Philippines.
Richard Boone - not yet a star. USN at age 26.
Ernest Borgnine - a star later. Entered the USN in 1935 serving 10 years, 4 in combat.
Neville Brand - not a star yet, was the second highest decorated soldier in the European theater.
Charles Bronson - not yet a star. US Air Corps - 25 combat missions. Entered at age 22.
Art Carney - not yet a star or Ed Norton, was wounded on D-Day. That is why he limped.
Robt. Cummings - already a star. Entered the US Air Corps at age 34. Flight instructor.
Tony Curtis - not yet a star. Entered USN at age 18.
Joe Dimaggio - Baseball star. Entered the US Air Corps at age 29. Special Services.
Kirk Douglas - acting but not yet a star. USN until badly hurt in an accident.
Peter Falk - tried to join the Army by cheating on the eye exam chart which he memorized because he had lost an eye as a youth. The Doctor noticed his eye didn't move while reading the chart and took a closer look. Falk then joined the Merchant Marines for the duration of WW II.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - Big-time star. Entered USN at age 33. Waived easy duty for combat. Worked with British Commandoes. Well decorated.
Bob Feller - Baseball star. USN at age 24. Combat in the Pacific.
Henry Fonda - already a star. Entered USN. Waived easy duty and at age 37 saw a lot of action in the Pacific. well decorated.
Glenn Ford - already a beginning star. Entered USMC. Served on camera crew from Normandy thru Europe.
Clark Gable - big-time star. Entered US Air Corps just short of his 42nd birthday. Didn't have to go but pulled strings to do his duty to his Country. Too old to be a pilot but went on many combat missions. Well decorated. Hitler had a $5000 bounty on his head.
Hank Greenberg - Baseball star. US Air Corps at age 32. Became a captain.
Tom Harmon - sports announcer. Entered US Air Corps at age 22. Flew combat missions over Burma Road in Asia. Shot down and MIA for 30 days. WIA. Well decorated.
Sterling Hayden - beginning actor. Entered USMC at age 25. Worked with the Yugoslav partisans against the Germans and Italians.
Van Heflin - already a star. Entered the US Army at age 32. Artillery officer.
Charleton Heston - already a star. Entered the US Air Corps at age 19 as a gunner on the bombers.
Wm. Holden - already in movies. Entered US Army at age 26 after his brother was KIA. Special services.
Ralph Houk - Baseball star. Entered US Army at age 23. Served with tanks in Europe. Well decorated.
Ken Kavanaugh - Football star. Entered US Air Corps at age 26. Became a well-decorated bomber pilot.
Gene Kelly - already a star. Entered USN at age 30. did documentaries for the Navy.
Ralph Kiner - Baseball star. Entered USN at age 21. Became a bomber pilot.
Burt Lancaster - Not yet a star. Entered US Army at age 32. Special Services.
Tom Landry Not yet famous as a football coach. Entered US Air Corps after his brother was KIA. Well decorated. Joe Louis - Heavy-Weight Boxing Champ. Entered US Army at age 28. Special Services.
Karl Malden - not yet a star. Entered US Air Corps at age 30. Special Services.
Lee Marvin - not yet a star. Entered the USMC at age 18. WIA.
Walter Matthau - not yet a star. Entered the US Air Corps at age 22. Flew combat missions in Europe.
Victor Mature - already a star. Entered the US Coast Guard at age 27. Served both in the Atlantic and Pacific.
Ed McMahon - not yet a star. Entered the USMC at age 20. Flight Officer instructor.
Robt. Montgomery - already a star. Entered USN at age 20. Served on PT boats and Destroyers. Well decorated.
Wayne Morris - already a star. Entered USN at age 25. Flew 57 combat missions as a fighter pilot in the pacific. Highly decorated.
Audy Murphy, not a star yet, was the highest decorated soldier during WW II.
Stan Musial - baseball star. Entered USN at age 24.
Paul Newman - not yet a star. USN at age 17.
Hugh O'Brian - not yet a star. USMC at age 17. Drill Instructor.
Jack Palance - not yet a star. Entered US Air Corps at age 23. Badly injured and medically discharged.
Sidney Poitier - not yet a star. Entered (under age) USN.
Tyrone Power - already a star. Entered USMC at age 29. Became a fighter pilot.
Robt. Preston - already a star. Entered US Air Corps at age 25. Became a Combat Intelligence officer.
Ronald Reagan - already a star. Was already in the US Army Reserves but had bad eyesight. Could have gotten out but asked to stay. Did Army Training films.
Pee Wee Reese - baseball star. Entered USN at age 24. Special Services.
Jackie Robinson - baseball star. Entered US Army at age 23.
Mickey Rooney - already a star. Entered US Army at age 23. Special Services.
Dan Rowan - not yet a star. US Air Corps at age 20. Pilot in the Pacific.
Robt. Ryan - already a star. Entered USMC at age 34. Drill Instructor.
Sabu - already a star. Entered US Air Corps at age 20. Flew 42 combat missions.
George C. Scott - not yet a star. Entered USMC at the end of the war at age 19.
Enos Slaughter - baseball star. Entered US Air Corps at age 27.
Robt. Stack - already a star. Entered USN at age 23 serving as a gunnery officer.
Rod Steiger - not yet a star. Entered USN (under age) and served in the Pacific.
Jimmy Stewart - already a star. Entered the US Air Corps at age 34. Flew 20 combat missions in Europe. Highly decorated. Left as a Lt. Col. and remained in the USAF Reserves retiring as a Lt.General.
Joe Stydahar - football star. Entered the USN at age 30.
Robt Taylor - already a star. Entered USN at age 32. Flight Instructor.
Ted Williams - baseball star. Entered USMC at age 25, serving as a flight instructor. He also remained in the USMC reserves and got recalled to serve in the Korea War, two interruptions in his career.
What a Guy... Love Jimmy Stewart.
Lordy Lordy what oh what happen to the real men actors of yesterday...who all loved everything about America.
I love “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Some of my favorite lines of his (as best as I remember them):
“Why, in the grand scheme of things I’d say you’re nothing but a scurvy little spider!...And that goes for you too!...And that goes for you too!”
“Mary, you on the nest?”
“Burt, do you know me?”
“You’re about the kind of angel I’d get.”
“Merry Christmas Mr. Potter!” (Potter’s reply, “Happy New Year to you...in jail!”
A great American. His success didn’t go to his head.
Since the United States had yet to declare war on Germany and because of the Army's unwillingness to put celebrities on the front, Stewart was held back from combat duty, though he did earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant and completed pilot training. He was later stationed in Albuquerque, NM, becoming an instructor pilot for the B-17 Flying Fortress.
The only public appearances after he went into flight school were limited engagements scheduled by the Air Corps. "Stewart appeared several times on network radio with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, he performed with Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Walter Huston and Lionel Barrymore in an all-network radio program called 'We Hold These Truths,' dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. But mostly, Stewart's days and nights were spent preparing for his upcoming flight tests, ground school and academic examinations for his commission."
"Still, the war was moving on. For the thirty-six-year-old Stewart, combat duty seemed far away and unreachable, and he had no clear plans for the future. But then a rumor that Stewart would be taken off flying status and assigned to making training films or selling bonds called for his immediate and decisive action, because what he dreaded most was the hope-shattering spector of a dead end." So he appealed to his commander, a pre-war aviator, who understood and reassigned him to a unit going overseas.
In August 1943 he was finally assigned to the 445th Bombardment Group in Sioux City, Iowa, first as Operations Officer of the 703rd Bombardment Squadron and then its commander. In December, the 445th Bombardment Group flew its B-24 Liberator bombers to Tibenham, England and immediately began combat operations. While flying missions over Germany, Stewart was promoted to Major.
In March 1944, he was transferred as Group Operations Officer to the 453rd Bombardment Group, a new B-24 outfit that had been experiencing difficulties.
In 1944, he twice received the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in combat and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. He also received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
In July 1944, after flying 20 combat missions, Stewart was made Chief of Staff of the 2nd Combat Bombardment Wing of the Eighth Air Force. Before the war ended, he was promoted to Colonel, one of only a few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years.