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Steve McQueen
In 1947, Steve McQueen joined the United States and was promoted to Private First Class and assigned to an armored unit. Initially, he reverted to his prior rebelliousness, and was demoted to private seven times. He took an unauthorized absence by failing to return after a weekend pass expired, staying with a girlfriend for two weeks until the Shore patrol caught him. He resisted arrest and spent 41 days in the brig. After this, McQueen resolved to focus his energies on self-improvement and embraced the Marines' discipline . He saved the lives of five other Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea. He was assigned to the honor guard, responsible for guarding then US president Harry Truman's yacht. McQueen served until 1950 when he was honorably discharged. He later said he had enjoyed his time in the Marines.

 

 

Here's some great fotos of him that I think haven't been posted yet, it's on another Military related site, so we'll just link it to view them rather than copy them here.

 

https://www.ar15.com/forums/general/Steve_McQueen_was_the_man/5-1809674/

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Steve was in the Marine Corps. He was Amtrack Crewman 1947-1950

 

 

 

I stand corrected (and proud of Mr McQueen) ---- Thanks for that info I was under the wrong impression many years.

 

....And I'm enjoying your thread as well

 

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From "A Bridge Too Far" to "A Princess Bride"

 

If you've ever watched "A Princess Bride" you should recognize the line: "Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - the most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line"! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"

 

The line about the land war in Asia made me wonder about the author of the book and if he was a vet. Sure enough, William Goldman, served in the Army during the Korean War albeit as a clerk in Washington, DC.

 

More surprising to me was his other projects, he wrote the screenplay for Steven King's "Misery" and the screenplay for Cornelius Ryan's "A Bridge Too Far." Quite a wide range of projects.


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Clement J. Stadler Captain USMC, Stadler was a WWII Navy Cross winner, and appeared in the 1966 released movie Ambush Bay, as a Marine Officer, a Captain, Captain Alonzo Davis, he also doubled as the film's technical advisor :) . Actor Hugh O'Brien in it was also in the Marines in WWII as we all know, purportedly the youngest ever serving Drill Instructor

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambush_Bay

 

 

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/8346

 

Stadler, who was a retired Lieutenant Colonel was also a technical advisor on the TV show on the Marines, The Lieutenant.

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Eddie Albert of Green Acres was at Tarawa with the Navy. He ferried wounded Marines back to the hospital ship.

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Eric Braeden was born in WW2 Germany as the son of a high ranking nazi official....He went on to portray a German officer in "The Rat Patrol"....Bodes

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Robert Clary (LeBeau) and Werner Klemperer (Klink) were jews living in Europe during the Third Reich....Klemperer fled Germany and fought in the US Army, while Clary was in a concentration camp....Both were on "Hogan's Heroes"...Bodes

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Robert Ryan served in the Marine Corps during WW2....Acted in various war movies, including The Longest Day....Bodes

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Just a quick not, steve McQueen should have been recommended for the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for that rescue on the ice, he definitely risked his own life from what I have read about it.

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Just a quick not, steve McQueen should have been recommended for the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for that rescue on the ice, he definitely risked his own life from what I have read about it.

+1, maybe it can retroed??

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Larry Storch (aka Corporal Randolph Agarn of F Troop) - Served in the USN with Tony Curtis aboard the Submarine Tender USS PROTEUS (AS-19) at Okinawa. They both also witnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay in September 1945

 

Military roles on TV: F Troop, CPO Sharkey, Gomer Pyle and on the silver screen in The Last Blitzkrieg and Captain Newman, M.D. (Shipmates Larry Storch and Tony Curtis were both in this film)

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I believe Jack Palance was in the AAC and was burned in an accident. Resulting in a lot of plastic surgery

From his WIKI.

 

 

With the outbreak of World War II, Palance's athletic career ended, and his military career as a member of the United States Army Air Forces began. Palance's face, which took many beatings in the boxing ring, was said to have become disfigured while bailing out of a burning B-24 Liberator bomber during a training flight over Southern Arizona (where Palance was a student pilot). His distinctive cheekbones and deep set eyes were said to have been the result of reconstructive surgery.

The story behind Palance's face was repeated numerous times (including in respected film reference works), but upon his death, several obituaries of Palance quoted him as saying that the entire story had been contrived: "Studio press agents make up anything they want to, and reporters go along with it. One flack created the legend that I had been blown up in an air crash during the war, and my face had to be put back together by way of plastic surgery. If it is a 'bionic face', why didn't they do a better job of it?"

Palance was honorably discharged from the United States Army Air Forces in 1944.

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Harold John Avery Russell was a Canadian-American World War II veteran who became one of only two non-professional actors to win an Academy Award for acting. He received the Oscar for his performance in the movie BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and he is pictured on the left.

 

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This is one of my all time favorite movies of that era!

 

Semper Fidelis-

 

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Eric Braeden was born in WW2 Germany as the son of a high ranking nazi official....He went on to portray a German officer in "The Rat Patrol"....Bodes

Eric Braeden after 40+ years, retired from "One Life to Live" The shows producers finally killed him off, though he looked pretty healthy for 80 or so years old. My wife was heartbroken. :)

"They'd rather be alive than free; poor dumb bastards."

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Regarding the fine American actor Jimmy Stewart . He flew 1 combat mission in Vietnam in a B 52, which he was qualified

to fly . This was early in the war and was not widely reported

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I saw this and thought it should be added here.

I don't know if it had already been. mentioned?

Ken



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I saw this and thought it should be added here.

I don't know if it had already been. mentioned?

Ken

Good stuff, thanks for sharing it.

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I BELIEVE Douglas Fairbanks was in the Navy on the Murmansk supply convoys,

 

James Arness ( Mr. Dillon) was wounded at Salerno.

Douglas Fairbanks Jr was for a time on the destroyer USS Swanson. My father in law served with him on the Swanson


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Anthony Quayle served as a British SOE Agent in Albania and was part of a large rescue mission to get some American Nurses and Aircrew out. That mission also included Sterling Hayden. Quayle went behind the lines again in "The Guns of Navarone" and "Lawrence of Arabia" Scott


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As far as American films are concerned, all you have to do, for the most part, to determine if an actor was in the military is watch how he salutes when in a war movie. Good crisp salute....means a veteran. Crummy salute means a non veteran....for the most part.

Ronnie


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As far as American films are concerned, all you have to do, for the most part, to determine if an actor was in the military is watch how he salutes when in a war movie. Good crisp salute....means a veteran. Crummy salute means a non veteran....for the most part.

Ronnie

Funny you mention that, as a related thing, I was watching one of the MASH episodes, Burns is in command, an inspection like he loves to have is ordered, men line up under arms, all M1s, Klinger is in the ranks, Radar yells Inspection Arms, watching the scene over and over, only Klinger and one other actor in the rank does it GI, snappy right, the lifting and grabbing rifle up from Order Arms, glancing quickly at the chamber after pulling bolt, rifle evenly angled, rifle in the correct distance from chest etc etc. I only took this reason as that Jamie Farr (Klinger) served in the Army as a two tear draftee in the mid to late-sh 50s (1955-57) and it was as natural as it could be, even after these 20 something years since he left the Army.

 

A Still from this very exact scene. of course Jamie Farr didn't wear earrings and have his nails done or have uncut hair in 56 when he was in :lol: .

 

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William Windom (Seth Hazlett from "Murder, She Wrote) was a paratrooper with Co. B, 1st Bn, 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne.

 

In many episodes, Windom is shown wearing a dog tag around his neck. Always wonder if it was his own real one!


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Britt Lomand, who is best remembered as the despicable Capt. Monastario in the first 13 episodes of Disney's "Zorro", was a paratrooper during WWII and received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and multiple Purple Hearts! He also ranked 26th Amateur fencer in the US when he was cast as Zorro's enemy. :) . . . (not that that has anything to do with his military service, I suppose!)


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For an idea of my military collecting interests and wish list, see my profile page!
Looking for Old-Style US Coast Guard Commendation Medal (w/ or w/o ribbon)!

Oh, tarry and be strong; Tell God in prayer. What is thy hidden grief; Thy secret care.

Yet, if no answer come; Pray on and wait: God's time is always best; Never too late.

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