Even those who volunteered and got turned down for active military service (Ronald Reagan) found a way to help.
I'm not sure of the terminology, but I don't think it's accurate to say Reagan wasn't in active military service.
Due to his eyesight, which was truly awful, he wasn't eigible for combat duty, but he actively served in the Army Air Corps for several years making training films and performing other services, which were presumably helpful to the war effort. I think that qualifies as "active service," or at least as active as any other serviceman not in a combat outfit. (Which not everybody can be.)
posted on 08/16/2007 3:31:06 PM PDT
by Sherman Logan
(It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.)
To: Sherman Logan; quark
Great list, quark. And, yes, Reagan's service was exactly what he was best at doing. Some years ago, I remember him being interviewed about the topic. Like so many young men at the time, he was down there volunteering his service within days of Pearl Harbor and deeply disapponted when he wasn't selected for dangerous (a more accurate term than active) duty.
My own father experienced a similar disappointment when he was washed out of the Navy Air Corps, but ended up serving as the communications officer on a landing ship. He saw Iwo Jima up close and personal, but talked little about it.
posted on 08/16/2007 4:10:15 PM PDT
(Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
To: Sherman Logan
You forgot 1
Ted Knight! 5 bronze Stars from WWII. Second highest decorated soldier of WWII next to Audey Murphy!
posted on 08/16/2007 4:34:46 PM PDT
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