Skip to comments.Yogi Berra and J.D. Salinger among famous heroes of D-Day
Posted on 06/06/2014 3:49:03 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
Looking back at D-Day on Fridays 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion, many of us know the event that changed the course of WWII only through such great films as The Longest Day. But a number of Hollywood stars as well as stars in other fields were actually part of the forces that stormed the beaches of Normandy. Here are a few of the heroes:
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Alec Guinness was also there
Of COURSE Yogi Berra took part. God bless him and all who went ashore to defeat Hitler’s hoards.
Jimmy Doohan (Scotty from star trek) went ashore with the first wave on Juno beach without a scratch. During the following night he got shot 6 times by an overeager Canadian sentry with a BREN gun, resulting in the loss of his right middle finger.
Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart.
Which is why he couldn't drive in Toronto ;)
George Martin (producer/ sound engineer for the beatles) was an naval artillery spotter/ observer in the fleet air arm. Just learned that in a documentary.
Salinger sought out Hemingway at the Hotel Ritz in Paris and showed him his writing. Hemingway actually read it and said he had talent.
Oh, man, that explains a lot about the confusion on the beach. Somebody must have asked Yogi Berra for directions and he said, “When you get to a fork in the road, take it.”
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That’s a beauty!
Scotty didn't have a driver's license? Yikes,Canadian laws are pretty strict.My Dad's late older brother lost an eye as a kid in a playground accident and yet he had a Massachusetts license.
Not so much losing the salute finger, as trying to offer the “But lady, we only be going one-half impulse power” excuse for speeding
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I thank them for their service!
Wonder what he did when he came upon a fork in the road?
Substitute New York for Toronto and you’ll get the joke ;)
He was not a star and was unknown to anyone beyond his family and small circle of friends in Philadelphia...my beloved Father-in-love, Charles H. McCullough, was one of the many thousands of unsung heroes.
Oh,I get it..."horn broken,watch for finger".We don't do that kind of thing in my neck of the woods so it's pretty unfamiliar to me. ;-)
my dad was on a repair ship off shore.
My uncle Al (RIP) drove landing craft into Normandy. He did the same in the N Africa, Sicily, and Italy invasions. He never traveled after that, staying in the small town of his birth. I guess he had seen enough.
Also actor Richard Todd was with the British airborne/glider troops that took & held the Ourne river bridge.