Today we have one. Pat Tillman.
posted on 04/16/2003 2:14:33 PM PDT
The only well-publicized exception seems to be former NFL safety Pat Tillman, who declined a three-year, $3.6 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army last year. He deployed recently to the Middle East.
Absolutely amazing. Kudos to Pat Tillman. When/If he comes back to play again, I may go root for that team. (Unless it's the Raidas...Boo!)
posted on 04/16/2003 2:22:04 PM PDT
They forgot Cary Grant. ;-D
posted on 04/16/2003 2:23:29 PM PDT
(Bad spellers of the world--UNTIE!!!)
I believe Glenn Ford was also. I think he retired as a full Colonel or general in the Guard or Reserves.
The ironic thing about World War II is that it was no more a "just war" than our operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have been.
Japan attacked us without having declared war, but that was an error, as the Japanese ambassador was supposed to have delivered the ultimatum to the U.S. before the attack.
Japan was an aggressor nation, but no more so--maybe less--than the Soviets or the Chinese have been since World War II.
Japan was "boxed in" by U.S. intransigence, feeling they could not survive in the front tier of nations without the resources their empire was providing.
And Germany had done nothing to us; their declaration of war was prompted by ours upon Japan, their ally.
Prior to World War II there was a very great anti-war movement, including such notables as Charles Lindbergh--who argued that Hitler was an admirable leader with whom we ought to do business.
All that changed as soon as we went to war. There was no talk of "opposing the war but supporting the troops." Everyone JOINED the troops. EVERYONE, including those in Hollywood.
I disagree with Tom Brokaw in just about everything else, but he is right when he calls this "The Greatest Generation."
Today, we have too many entrenched Marxists who are ironically getting fat and rich off our capitalist system--Sarandon, Sheen, Robbins, Penn, and Garofalo being notable examples. They hate this country because it is not a socialist workers' paradise, because it destroyed the Soviet Union and because they love Castro.
posted on 04/16/2003 2:34:10 PM PDT
The Hollywooders cover for their lack of contribution to America by fighting America. They suppose their protests show how "brave" they are.
posted on 04/16/2003 2:41:40 PM PDT
Compare Entertainers of 1943 with today's.
The Entertainers of 2003 have been in all of the news media lately. It seems News Paper, Television and Radio has been more than ready to put them and their message before the public.
I would like to remind the people of what the entertainers of 1943 were doing, (60 years ago). Most of these brave men have since passed on.
Alec Guinness (Star Wars) operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.
James Doohan ("Scotty" on Star Trek) landed in Normandy with the U.S. Army on D-Day.
Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape) really was a R.A.F. pilot who was shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the Germans.
David Niven was a Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy.
James Stewart flew 20 missions as a B-24 pilot in Europe.
Clark Gable (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out) was a waist gunner flying missions on a B-17 in Europe.
Charlton Heston was an Army Air Corps Sergeant in Kodiak.
Earnest Borgnine was a U.S. Navy Gunners Mate 1935-1945.
Charles Durning was a U.S. Army Ranger at Normandy.
Charles Bronson was a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps.
George C. Scott was a U.S. Marine.
Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV) was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action as a U.S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov.1943.
Brian Keith served as a Marine rear gunner in several actions against the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.
Lee Marvin was a marine on Saipan when he was wounded.
John Russell was a Marine on Guadalcanal.
Robert Ryan was a U.S. Marine who served with the O.S.S. in Yugoslavia.
Tyrone Power (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.
Audie Murphy , little guy from Texas, Most Decorated serviceman of WWII.
I wish I had room to tell you more about Actor Sterling Hayden and an actor by the name of Peter J. Ortiz (Twelve O'clock High, Rio Grande and The Wings of Eagles), but this would turn into a book.
There is quite a huge gap between the heroics and patriotism in 1943 and the cowardly despicable posturing of the Hollywood crowd of today...all of which smack of sedition and treason.
Think about this every time you are tempted to go to the movies or go to a Blixy Chicks or Pearl Jam concert!!
posted on 04/16/2003 2:44:05 PM PDT
(Hollywood and their ilk now take Iraq's place in the "Axis of Evil"!)
R. Lee Ermey (Drill Sgt from Full Metal Jacket) served as well.
posted on 04/16/2003 2:44:49 PM PDT
by Dan from Michigan
("I have two guns. One for each of ya." - Doc Holliday)
posted on 04/16/2003 2:49:33 PM PDT
(Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?)
Band leader Glenn Miller, who at age 38 also was draft-exempt. Even so, in 1942 he approached the Navy, which turned him down. Miller eventually joined the Army Air Corps as a captain and performed for troops overseas. He died on active duty, when his Paris-bound plane crashed.
There is some speculation that his plane may have been hit by ordnance dropped by an Allied bomber returning for mechanical problems. It was said that he was flying in an area used by the bombers to rid themselves of ordnance before landing.
posted on 04/16/2003 3:06:35 PM PDT
(Go Fast, Turn Left!)
Todays Hollywood IS the enemy.
posted on 04/16/2003 3:14:04 PM PDT
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