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Posted on 04/19/2003 5:07:45 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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WELCOME TO THE PRO-AMERICAN CELEBRITY APPRECIATION DAY!
|Obviously, no one likes war. Our Congress and President tried hard to avoid the use of force, but ultimately decided it was the best course of action. I like the assertiveness shown by President Bush and think we owe it to our political and military leaders, along with our brave soldiers to be as supportive as possible during these difficult and trying times. I just wanted to take this opportunity to let our forces know that I am thinking about you and wishing you and your families the best. ---Tiger Woods, Golfer, from his website|
Veteran Hollywood star Jon Voight has blasted documentary maker Michael Moore for making an anti-war speech during the Oscars ceremony.
The actor, who played a Vietnam veteran in Coming Home, took offense at Moore when he lambasted President George W. Bush as 'a fictional president' and claimed that America was 'against the war' in Iraq.
Voight says, "I didn't like it very much. Michael Moore looks for trouble and exposes it, and he thinks that's the whole story. I don't agree with him.
"I was thinking of the guys overseas. I was hoping all was going well."
Hollywood Honor Roll
Yes! Michael J. Fox (otherwise known to Reaganites as Alex P. Keaton)
There are plenty of other celebrities! Whose your favorite pro-America celeb?
I was happy to see your inclusion of "Three Doors Down". Frankly, I had never heard of them until this morning when I got up early to watch the POW's get on the plane from Ramstein to head HOME. During a commercial, I was channel surfing when I saw their video, "Love me When I'm Gone" (?)
Frankly, it's not the style of music I normally listen to, but the images of service men and their families (departing and arriving) were too poweful to click away from...and as I listened to the "head banger" riffs, I realised, this was a song for the 18-24 year olds that comprise the majority of our Armed Forces. Every generation has it's music.
Also while channel surfing this morning, I came across a brief documentary on "Goodwill Industries." It showed how Goodwill provides job training and opportunities for people with disabilities, and that could mean anything from recent immigrants who have fled from repressive regimes (like Cuba) and recovering drug addicts.
In addition to manufacturing fleece jackets and camo pants for U.S. Marines, they also manufacture THE American flag. I know that there are flags manufactured in China and elsewhere, but THE American Flag that is draped on coffins and presented to family members is manufactured in South Florida.
The woman who supervises quality control takes her job very seriously. She has moved up through various positions of responsibility. She know just how meaningful those flags are and values her freedom highly. She is seven years drug free this month.
Thanks. It's good to be back.
Dennis Miller - Who has been all over the airwaves from Bill O'Reilly to Bill Maher's HBO show debating the Left with class and humor.
John Travolta - Who said on Fox News this week that he trusts that the president knows more than he does and he trusts him to make the right decisions.
Courtsey of Hollywood Heroes.com
Here is a partial list...shamelessly copied from http://www.jodavidsmeyer.com/combat/military/actors_in_wwii.html. Some of these folks are no longer with us, some have political leanings that are incomprehensible to me, but the bottom line is that they loved their country enough to defend her. And how many times can one put Ronald Reagan, Julia Child and Mel Brooks on the same list?
Don Adams - USMC, Contracted malaria on Guadalcanal [Source: Internet Movie Database]
John Agar - US Army Air Corps, Sergeant. (He appeared in the Combat! episode "The Mockingbird.")
Gene Autry - Flight Officer, Air Transport Command, 1942-1946 [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Eddie Albert - US Navy. Drove Amtracks in several Pacific invasions. He served in the landings at Saipan in 1943, where he rescued wounded and stranded Marines from the beachhead. At Tarawa, he was wounded and lost most of his hearing and earned the Bronze Star. (He appeared in the Combat! episode "Doughboy")
James Arness - US Army, Wounded at Anzio. Purple Heart and Bronze Star [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Martin Balsam - US Army.
James Best - US Army Air Corps. (He appeared in the Combat! episode "Mail Call.")
Richard Boone - US Navy.
Neville Brand - US Army. (He appeared in the Combat! episode "Fly Away Home.")
Ernest Borgnine he served in the U.S. Navy for twelve years, joining before WWII.
Mel Brooks (Melvin Kaminsky) joined army in WWII and became a combat engineer. Cleared German mines after the Battle of the Bulge. He organized shows for the US troops, and when the German army began transmitting propaganda over loudspeakers Brooks is said to have replied with a version of Al Jolson's 'Toot-toot- tootsie'. (Information from BBC H2G2.)
Charles Bronson - US Army. Conflicting stories...
One source says "Charles Bronson's publicity information used to state that he flew as a bomber gunner in WWII. Actually, he drove a delivery truck in Kingman, Arizona, for the 760th Mess Squadron."
Pete Weiler, visitor to this site says: "According to the 39th Bombardment Group's history (39th BG was a B-29 stationed on Guam in 1945 (the Pacific Theater) Charles Buchinski (real name of Charles Bronson), served as a nose gunner. There is also 61st Sqd Roster dated Sept 1945 which lists Cpl Charles Buchinski as a member of the unit." (Bronson appeared in the Combat! episode "Heritage.")
Richard Burton - Royal Navy.
Art Carney - US Army. Carney went to Normandy in July of 1944 as a replacement to the 28th Division in position around St Lô. He was part of a 30 calibre machine gun squad. On 15 August 1944 he had just taken up his position and was hit in the right leg by mortar shrapnel. After receiving field treatment, he was sent back to Britain and then the US. He once said of his military career, "Never fired a shot and maybe never wanted to. I really cost the government money." [source Osprey Military Journal]
Julia Child served with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) in Ceylon and China during WWII. [Source: They Also Served by Scott Baron]
Jeff Chandller - US Army.
Robert Clary - In a Nazi concentration camp [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Jackie Coogan - US Army Air Corps. Enlisted in Army March 1941. After Pearl Harbor, requested transfer to Air Corps as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. After graduating from Glider School, he was made a Flight Officer and volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In Dec. 1943, the unit was sent to India where, by using CG-4A gliders, it airlifted crack British troops under Gen. Orde Wingate during the night aerial invasion of Burma (Mar. 5, 1944), landing them in a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines. [Source: US Air Force museum - www.wpafb.af.mil]
Tony Curtis - US Navy joined 1943 at age 17. In Tokyo Bay he watched the surrender ceremonies from the Signal Bridge of the USS Proteus. [Source The Tender Tale]
Ossie Davis - US Army [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Kirk Douglas - US Navy [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Charles Durning - US Army. Durning landed at Omaha Beach in the D-Day invasion. He survived the landing, but was wounded in an ambush during the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured, escaped, and narrowly missed assassination at the Malmedy Massacre. He won three Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. He still carries his memories and battle fatigue to this day. [source Osprey Military Journal]
Maurice Evans was in a Special Entertainment Unit that toured the South Pacific.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - US Navy. He joined the naval reserves before the war. During the war he served on the Battleship Massachuesetts and was a Commando raider sent on several land attack missions. He retired from the reserves, years later, as a full Captain. He wrote about his war years in the book "A Hell of a War" which also covers his duties in helping organize the forerunners of today's Navy Seals.
Henry Fonda - US Navy. Bronze Star for Valor.
Glenn Ford - US Navy. In addition to his WWII service, he served in the reserves during the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. He retired as a Captain in the US Naval Reserve. [Information provided by Tom Mischke, Commander, USNR (ret.)]
Clark Gable - Captain, US Army Air Corps. Although beyond draft age, Clark Gable enlisted as a private in the Air Corps on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles. He attended Officers' Candidate School at Miami Beach and graduated as a second lieutenant. He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943, on personal orders from Gen. Arnold, went to England to make a motion picture of aerial gunners in action. He was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook and although neither ordered nor expected to do so, flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s to obtain the combat film footage he believed was required for producing the movie entitled "Combat America." Gable returned to the U.S. in Oct. 1943 and was relieved from active duty as a major on Jun. 12, 1944 at his own request, since he was over age for combat. [Source: US Air Force museum - wpafb.af.mil]
Alan Hale US Coast Guard during WWII.
Sterling Hayden USMC
Jack Hawkins - Volunteered to serve in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He spent most of his military career arranging entertainment for the British forces in India [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Frank Gorshin - US Army (Appeared in the Combat episode The Medal)
Shecky Greene - US Navy
Audrey Hepburn, as a child she was a courier for World War II resistance fighters in Holland
Benny Hill - British Army
William Holden - US Army [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Rick Jason - US Army Air Corps
Bob Keeshan - ("Captain Kangaroo") U.S. Marines, enlisted two weeks before his 18th birthday. He saw no combat because his enlistment was just two months before the bombing of Hiroshima [Source snopes.com]
Brian Keith - USMC, Aerial gunner [Source: Internet Movie Database]
George Kennedy - US Army, served 16 Years [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Werner Klemperer - US Army [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Don Knotts - USA 1943 [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Burt Lancaster - US Army [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Jack Lemmon - US Navy Reserve 1945-1946 [Source: A&E's biography]
Strother Martin - US Navy Swimming instructor [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Lee Marvin - US Marines, wounded in the battle of Saipan
Patrick MacNee British Royal Navy.
Steve McQueen USMC
Jan Merlin - Enlisted in US Navy April, 1942, served as a destroyer torpedoman until April 1946, honorably discharged. Played Roger Manning, Space Cadet!
Burgess Meredith - US Army Air Corps [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Gary Merrill US Army
Robert Montgomery - US Navy Reserve
Audie Murphy - US Army, most decorated soldier of WWII (Audie Murphy books and films)
David Niven Royal Army. His relates several charming tales of his war service (including the time he lets a German general slip away) in his autobiography The Moon's a Balloon Jack Palance US Army Air Corps. 455th bomb group. Required facial reconstruction from terrible injuries received in 1943 when his B17 crash landed in Britain.
Dick Peabody - US Navy
Tyrone Power - USMC Pilot in the South Pacific.
Anthony Quayle Royal Artillery
Jason Robards Jr - US Navy. He was a radioman on duty at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. He wrote about his experiences in A Hell of a War.
Ronald Reagan - Captain, US Army Air Corps. Because of a severe hearing loss, he was not allowed any flying duties. However, he appeared in training films. Prior to the war, he was a cavalry officer in the Nebraska National Guard.
Carl Reiner Entered army In 1942 and trained as a radio operator. He later studied French on assignment at Georgetown University to become an interpreter, but became a teletype operator in the Signal Corps where, on the way to Iwo Jima from Hawaii, was assigned to Maurice Evans' Special Entertainment Unit. For 18 months, he toured the South Pacific as a comedian in GI reviews. (Info from the DickVanDykeShow.com)
Don Rickles - US Navy. Destroyer duty. He has said of one deployment, "It was so hot and humid, the crew rotted."
Andy Rooney - (okay, not an actor, but he is a TV personality) Sergeant, US Army. Early in war served with artillery regiment assigned to England. Joined Stars And Stripes in London. In 1943, Rooney is among first correspondents allowed aboard B-17 bombers attacking Germany. He wrote of his war experiences in the book My War.
Mickey Rooney - US Army. PFC. Served 21 months with a unit that entertained the troops [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Albert Salmi - US Army. (He appeared in the Combat! episode "Cat and Mouse.")
Charles Schultz (cartoonist) - US Army. Staff sergeant and leader of machine gun squad.
Rod Serling - US Army paratroopers [Source: Internet Movie Database]
Robert Stack - US Navy. Because of his expertise as an Olympic champion skeet shooter, he was assigned to teach anti-aircraft gunnery. Jimmy Stewart - US Army Air Corps.
Eli Wallich (Magnificent Seven) was an admin clerk/Sgt in WWII. The Skipper on Gilligan's Island served with the Coast Guard during WWII.
Judge Wapner of The People's Court was saved from a sniper's bullet when it lodged in a can of tuna he was carrying while an Army officer in the Pacific [Source: They Also Served]
Eli Wallach Sergeant US Army Medical Corps as an admin clerk.
Jack Warden Served in the 101st Airborne during WWII.
James Whitmore - USMC. WWII interrupted his pre-law studies at Yale. He received his degree while at boot camp and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. [Source: actor's publicity material] (He appeared in the Combat! episode "The Cassock")
Actors who served during other times:
Alan Bates - Royal Air Force, Humphrey Bogart - US Navy, wounded in World War One, tried to enlist in WWII but was turned down because of his age, Michael Caine - Royal Fusiliers, Sean Connery - Royal Navy
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