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James Stewart served as a pilot in World War II, initially rejected by the army for being underweight. He went home, gained weight, and enlisted. During the war, due to his celebrity status, he was kept in America, but after two years, his request to join the battle overseas was finally answered. He flew many dangerous missions, earning many medals and awards.


Colonel James Stewart (yes the Hollywood actor) receives the Croix de Guerre from the French government for his military service in Europe. He served with the US Army Air Force rfom

Jimmy Stewart, still in uniform, speaking with his father upon his return from the WWII in Indiana, September 1945

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.

Martha Raye is the only woman buried in the SF (Special Forces) cemetery at Ft. Bragg.

The only woman buried in the Special Forces cemetery at Fort Bragg, NC. Martha Raye, (Musical Comedy actress and singer) She regularly visited troops during WWII with the USO

Jimmy Stewart - WWII Veteran American History Awesome Radio - Narrated Stories Disasters Social Studies Tragedies and Triumphs World War II Biographies

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.

James Arness, USA 1943-45 WW II. Arness, who was 6’7”, said he wanted to be a fighter pilot but the height limit for aviators was 6’2”. He was drafted in ’43, served as a rifleman in the 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy. After several surgeries he was discharged but had a lifelong limp. Earned  a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

James Arness served as a rifleman with the U. Infantry Division, and was severely wounded during Operation Shingle, at Anzio, Italy. He wanted to be a pilot but was too tall.

Colonel Jimmy Stewart.Commander of the Second Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force.Flew 20 missions over Europe including one on Berlin.

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.

Colonel Stewart: Actor Jimmy Stewart enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in March 1941, and returned home in 1945 having achieved the rank of ...

Jimmy Stewart comes home after serving in World War II

Jimmy Stewart in the Army during WWII. His first movie back from the war? It's a Wonderful Life, one of the best movies of all time.

Charles Durning His service to this nation earned three Purple Hearts and a Silver Cross serving in combat as an infantryman..

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.

Movie Stars of Old Hollywood: Katharine Hepburn

Movie Stars of Old Hollywood: Katharine Hepburn

fun fact: I've always said there's a reason why no one's ever made a biopic about Fred Astaire - because who would be able to play a quadruple-threat with the same kind of charisma? It turns out no one's ever made a biopic about Fred Astaire because he "stipulated in his will that no film representations of himself be made". Now we know he's a quintuple-threat, for his intelligence and foresight.

Fred Astaire was one of the most brilliant dancers of the century, known mainly for the dance and vocal performances he gave in various classic Hollywoodland films.

Horses of Famous Western Movie Stars and their Sidekicks

Horses That Old Western Stars of B-Films and Their Sidekicks Rode

Roy Rogers Trigger - I had this picture on my wall as a little girl.of course I think I was more in love with Trigger than Roy. JRB: Trigger was a beautiful horse.

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Sidekicks of the Old Western Movie Stars

George 'Gabby' Hayes Born May 1885 in Stannards, New York, USA Died: February 1969 (age in Burbank, California, USA