Compare them to the Hollywood simpletons of today.
Would someone please remind me again how many of today’s Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan? The only one who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September 11, 2001, and serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004. But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers. The following is the start of a list of Hollywoods Greatest, who have made this amazing sacrifice. See if you recognize these handsome greats.
United States Army Air Forces during World War II and served as a flight instructor. Johnny Carson made a big deal about it once on the Tonight Show, to which George said, "The Japs didn’t get past us!"
US Marines and OSS. WWII. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia.
US Army Air Corps. WWII. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General.
US Navy. WWII. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton.
US Marines. WWII. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well.)
US Army, WWII Purple Heart.
US Army Air Corps. WWII. B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer.
US Army. WWII. Wounded, Battle of the Bulge.
USMC. WWII. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa.
US Navy. WWII. Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill.
US Navy. WWII. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and medically discharged.
US Army, WWII Victory Medal.
US Army. WWII. Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton. Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission.
US Navy, WWII. Destroyer USS Satterlee.
US Army Air Corps. WWII. Pilot in North Africa. Broke his back in a crash.
US Marines. WWII. Sniper. Wounded in action on Saipan. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis.
US Army. WWII. Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day. Limped for the rest of his life.
US Navy fighter pilot, USS Essex. WWII. Downed seven Japanese fighters.
US Navy. WWII.Was aboard one of the ships that launched the Doolittle Raid.
US Navy. WWII. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan.
US Navy. WWII. Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis.
US Army. WWII. Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant.
US Navy. WWII. Bronze Star, the American Defense Service Ribbon, the European Theater Ribbon with two Battle Stars
US Army. WWII Enlisted after Pearl Harbor, and stayed in sixteen years.
US Army under Patton. WWII. Bronze Star.
US Navy. WWII. Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Medically discharged.
US Army Air Corps. WWII. Reached the rank of Captain.
US Army Air Corps. WWII. Public relations writer and control tower operator.
US Navy. WWII. Gunnery Officer.
They took it as their “responsibility”, their “duty” to Country, to protect and preserve our freedoms and way of life, not just for themselves but for all future generations to come.
Stay tuned as our list of celebrities continues....