Jimmy Stewart with his father in front of the family business in Indiana, Pennsylvania. James Maitland Stewart was born on May in Indiana, Pennsylvania, the son of Elizabeth Ruth (née Jackson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store.
In real life, James Stewart was a decorated WW II bomber pilot. Stewart flew 20 bombing missions over Germany including one over Berlin-after wrangling combat duty when commanders would have preferred to use a movie star for morale building work at home.
WWII Bomber Pilot Brigadier General James Stewart - Jimmy started out making recruiting films during WWII but was unhappy with the assignment and pushed until he was assigned to the Bomb Group where he flew numerous combat missions into Germany.
Jimmy Stewart comes home after serving in World War II
Charles Durning was an Academy Award winning actor, but before his acting career, he was a decorated soldier in the U. His service to this nation earned three Purple Hearts and a Silver Cross serving in combat as an infantryman.