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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

Hattie McDaniel, Oscar winner for "Gone WIth the Wind," was a member of the American Women's Voluntary Services (AWVS) during WWII.

Hattie McDaniel, Oscar winner for "Gone WIth the Wind and the first African American to win an Academy Award." She was a member of the American Women's Voluntary Services (AWVS) during WWII.

Audie Murphy  Arlington National Cemetery

Audie Murphy, Arlington Nat'l Cemetery - my Dad spoke of him, from when he was in WW II.

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Dorothy Day with her prison dress. On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate.<- Dorothy Day has always been a hero of mine.

Alvin York, a backwoods Tennessean who became the most highly decorated soldier of World War I.

Alvin York, a backwoods Tennessean who became the most highly decorated soldier of World War I. His story was told in the 1941 movie Sergeant York where he was played by Gary Cooper.

The man who saved the world... 50 years ago, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and setting off what might well have been a terminal superpower nuclear war.      His story is finally being told - the BBC is airing a documentary on it.

at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US ships

At JFK's funeral. JFK jr is saluting his father's flag draped casket after the funeral. Jackie reminded him that his father had taught him to salute the flag when it passed. November 25, 1963

One of the most iconic images in American history: On Nov. 1963 ~ his third birthday ~ John Kennedy Jr. salutes the casket of his father, President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated three days earlier.

Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) American actor, known for his gravelly voice, white hair & 6 ft 2 in. stature. He join the US Marine Corps, serving in the 4th Marine Division. He was wounded in action during the WWII Battle of Saipan, in the assault on Mount Tapochau, during which most of his "I" Company, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division were killed. He was awarded the Purple Heart & given a medical discharge with rank of PFC.

Lee Marvin left school and joined the US Marine Corps as a sniper scout. He was wounded in action at the Battle of Saipan during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart and discharged at the rank of Private First Class.

I really admire this man. Jimmy Stewart after his tour of duty in WWII. Enlisted as a private, became a pilot, flew LOTS of COMBAT missions as a B24 pilot over Germany and retired as a Brigadier General. And a pretty good actor too....

Jimmy Stewart A man that loved his country, an actor and a military hero.Lost him in July of the great actors are gone.

Audie Murphy (1-26-45).  The most decorated soldier in U.S. history receives the Medal of Honor.

Audie Murphy received every U. decoration for valor available to Army ground personnel at the time. He earned the Silver Star twice in three days, two Bronze Star Medals, three Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Medal of Honor.

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