Hedy Lamarr (Samson and Delilah, Copper Canyon, Zane Grey Theater), with her co-inventor George Antheil, designed a torpedo guidance system that was two decades before its time. Their concept lies behind the principal anti-jamming device used today in the U.S. government's Milstar defense communication satellite system. Ms. Lamarr also demonstrated her loyalty to the U.S. by raising seven million dollars in a single evening selling war bonds. You can read about her invention and patriotism here.
We are using flattened pictures of both Ms. Lamarr and Mr. McMahon (below) as they are additions by this webmaster. The 3-D images for the other actors were garnered through a broadcast Email.
Ed McMahon (Tonight Show, Jerry Lewis Telethon, Star Search) was a fighter pilot Marine in WW II, served in the Korean conflict, and retired as a Colonel. He later became a Brigadier General in the California Air National Guard.
Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV) was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action as a U. S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov. 1943.
Alec Guinness (Star Wars) operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.
James Doohan ("Scotty" on Star Trek) was a member of the Canadian Army. Here is what one Internet biography states: At the age of 19, Doohan joined the Canadian Army and saw action during World War II. He fought on the beach at Normandy on D-Day. While leading a group of soldiers, Doohan was shot several times, injuring him in the leg and chest. The chest wound could have proved fatal had it not been for a cigarette case in his shirt pocket. Doohan also lost one of his fingers. You can find that biography here. Thank you to all who Emailed, correcting the original paragraph on this tribute.
Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape) really was an R. A. F. pilot who was shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the
David Niven was a Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British
Commandos in Normandy.
James Stewart Entered the Army Air Force as a private and worked his way
to the rank of Colonel. During World War II, Stewart served as a
bomber pilot, his service record crediting him with leading more
than 20 missions over Germany, and taking
part in hundreds of air strikes during his tour of duty. Stewart
earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross,
France's Croix de
Guerre, and 7 Battle Stars during World War II. In peace time,
Stewart continued to be an active member of the Air Force as a
reservist, reaching the rank of Brigadier General before retiring
in the late 1950s.
Gable (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out) Although he was beyond
the draft age at the time the U.S. entered WW II, Clark Gable
enlisted as a private in the AAF on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles.
He attended the Officers' Candidate School at Miami Beach, Fla. and graduated as a second
lieutenant on Oct. 28, 1942. He then attended aerial gunnery
school and in Feb. 1943 he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at
Polebrook where flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s. Capt. Gable returned to the
U.S. in Oct. 1943 and was relieved from active duty as a major on Jun. 12, 1944 at his
own request, since he was over-age for combat.
Charlton Heston was an Army Air Corps Sergeant in Kodiak.
Earnest Borgnine was a U. S. Navy Gunners Mate 1935-1945.
Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver Star
and awarded the Purple Heart.
Charles Bronson was a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps, more specifically
on B-29s in the 20th Air Force out of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan.
George C. Scott was a decorated U. S. Marine.
Brian Keith served as a U.S. Marine rear gunner in several actions
against the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.
Lee Marvin was a U.S. Marine on Saipan during the Marianas campaign when he was wounded earning the Purple Heart.
John Russell: In 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he
received a battlefield commission and was wounded and highly
decorated for valor at Guadalcanal.
Robert Ryan served in the Marines, stateside at Camp Pendleton for the duration of the war (this description has been officially authorized by the Robert Ryan family).
Tyrone Power (an established movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed)
joined the U.S. Marines, was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded Marines out of, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Audie Murphy, little 5'5" tall 110 pound guy from Texas who
played cowboy parts? Along with Matt Urban, one of the most decorated serviceman of WWII and earned:
Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals,
Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals with "V", 2 Purple Hearts,
U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal,
2 Distinguished Unit Emblems, American Campaign Medal,
European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver
Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and
one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and
Southern France) World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation
Medal with Germany Clasp, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat
Infantry Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with
Bayonet Bar, French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre,
French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier, French Croix de Guerre
With Silver Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Medal of
Liberated France, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940