Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day ~ The Names We Grew Up With.

I've Posted this of me in the past. Well, here
it is again. This was taken in Vietnam in 1969.
(This is in red honoring the last election)

If you are my age (67) you will recognize the names below:

This was Hollywood Then:

Sterling Hayden , US Marines and OSS . Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and
parachuted into Croatia .

James Stewart , US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of

Ernest Borgnine , US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton.

Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as

  Telly Savalas , US Army.

Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps., B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer.

Steve Forrest , US Army. Wounded, Battle of the Bulge.

Jonathan Winters, USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme
Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa ..

Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS
Bunker Hill

Kirk Douglas , US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and
medically discharged.

Robert Mitchum , US Army.

Dale Robertson , US Army. Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton.
Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission.

Henry Fonda , US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee.

John Carroll , US Army Air Corps. Pilot in North Africa . Broke his back in
a crash.

Lee Marvin US Marines. Sniper. Wounded in action on Saipan . Buried in
Arlington National Cemetery , Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis.

Art Carney , US Army. Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day. Limped for the rest
of his life.

Wayne Morris, US Navy fighter pilot, USS Essex . Downed seven Japanese

Rod Steiger , US Navy. Was aboard one of the ships that launched the
Doolittle Raid.

Tony Curtis , US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the
surrender of Japan .

Larry Storch. US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis.

Forrest Tucker, US Army. Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant.

Robert Montgomery , US Navy.

George Kennedy , US Army. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor , stayed in sixteen

Mickey Rooney , US Army under Patton. Bronze Star.

Denver Pyle , US Navy. Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal . Medically

Burgess Meredith , US Army Air Corps.

  DeForest Kelley , US Army Air Corps.

  Robert Stack , US Navy. Gunnery Officer.

  Neville Brand, US Army, Europe .. Was awarded the Silver Star and Purple

Tyrone Power, US Marines. Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater.

Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerial gunner on a
B-25, Aleutians .

Danny Aiello , US Army. Lied about his age to enlist at 16. Served three

James Arness , US Army. As an infantryman, he was severely wounded at
Anzio, Italy.

Efram Zimbalist, Jr., US Army. Purple Heart for a severe wound received at
Huertgen Forest ..

Mickey Spillane, US Army Air Corps, Fighter Pilot and later Instructor

Rod Serling. US Army. 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. He jumped at
Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila .

  Gene Autry , US Army Air Corps. Crewman on transports that ferried supplies
  over "The Hump" in the China-Burma-India Theater.

  Wiliam Holden, US Army Air Corps.

  Alan Hale Jr, US Coast Guard.

  Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Battle of Okinawa .

  Russell Johnson , US Army Air Corps. B-24 crewman who was awarded Purple
  Heart when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese in the Philippines .

  William Conrad , US Army Air Corps. Fighter Pilot.

Jack Klugman , US Army.

  Frank Sutton , US Army. Took part in 14 assault landings, including Leyte,
  Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor .

  Jackie Coogan , US Army Air Corps. Volunteered for gliders and flew troops
  and materials into Burma behind enemy lines.

  Tom Bosley , US Navy.

  Claude Akins , US Army. Signal Corps. , Burma and the Philippines .

  Chuck Connors , US Army. Tank-warfare instructor.

  Harry Carey Jr., US Navy.

  Mel Brooks , US Army. Combat Engineer. Saw action in the Battle of the

  Robert Altman , US Army Air Corps. B-24 Co-Pilot.

  Pat Hingle , US Navy. Destroyer USS Marshall

  Fred Gwynne , US Navy. Radioman.

  Karl Malden , US Army Air Corps. 8th Air Force, NCO.

  Earl Holliman. US Navy. Lied about his age to enlist. Discharged after a
  year when they Navy found out.

  Rock Hudson , US Navy. Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines .

  Harvey Korman , US Navy.

  Aldo Ray. US Navy. UDT frogman, Okinawa .

  Don Knotts , US Army, Pacific Theater.

  Don Rickles , US Navy aboard USS Cyrene.

Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Served aboard an LST in the Battle of Okinawa .

  Soupy Sales, US Navy. Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific.

  Lee Van Cleef , US Navy. Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper.

  Clifton James , US Army, South Pacific. Was awarded the Silver Star,
  Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

Ted Knight , US Army, Combat Engineers.
Jack Warden , US Navy, 1938-1942, then US Army, 1942-1945. 101st Airborne

Don Adams. US Marines. Wounded on Guadalcanal , then served as a Drill

James Gregory, US Navy and US Marines.

Brian Keith , US Marines. Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers.

Fess Parker, US Navy and US Marines. Booted from pilot training for being
too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator.

Charles Durning. US Army. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Shot multiple times.
Awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Survived
Malmedy Massacre.

Raymond Burr , US Navy. Shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically

Hugh O' Brian , US Marines.

Robert Ryan, US Marines.

Eddie Albert , US Coast Guard. Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several
Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of
Tarawa ..

Cark Gable , US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe .

Charles Bronson , US Army Air Corps. B-29 gunner, wounded in action.

Peter Graves , US Army Air Corps.

Buddy Hackett , US Army anti-aircraft gunner.

Victor Mature, US Coast Guard.

Jack Palance, US Army Air Corps. Severely injured bailing out of a burning
B-24 bomber.

Robert Preston , US Army Air Corps. Intelligence Officer

Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard. Coast Guard. Participated in the invasions of
Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier.

Norman Fell , US Army Air Corps., Tail Gunner, Pacific Theater.

Jason Robards , US Navy. was aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton when it
was sunk off Guadalcanal . Also served on the USS Nashville during the
invasion of the Philippines , surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223

Steve Reeves, US Army , Philippines .

Dennis Weaver, US Navy. Pilot.

Robert Taylor , US Navy. Instructor Pilot.

Randolph Scott. Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to
injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1.

Ronald Reagan. US Army. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the
war. His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when
war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where
he served for the duration.

John Wayne. Declared "4F medically unfit" due to pre-existing injuries, he
nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, Navy and Film Corps.)
so he gets honorable mention.

And of course we have Audie Murphy , America 's most-decorated soldier, who
became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his
being awarded the Medal of Honor.

I submit to you that this is not the America today that it  was seventy years ago.  And I, for one, am saddened.

And this is Hollywood Now:

May you cowards stew in your own juices



Happy Veterans Day to my Patriot Friends!

Thank You Mr. Trailbee for that great list.


  1. Odie,

    Today, I salute you with all my heart. Thank you and all the others who fought on foreign soil to make men free.

    It has been said that we are only alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. Our veterans are our treasures—precious treasures that remind us of why America is a beacon to the world.

    No liberal agenda, no politician, no community organizer, no hack writer at some delusional magazine speaks for me. I clamor for the syrup of patriotic sentimentality, I will not stop saluting our service men and women and I will never stop honoring their service. God bless ‘em all.

  2. Curmudgeon, and do you know it was a pleasure to serve because of you?

  3. Thank you for your service, Odie. Sincerely, THANK YOU!

    Semper Fidelis.

  4. Thank you for serving and for giving.

    All traitors including John Kerry and Hanoi Jane need to be drawn, quartered and their remains fed to pigs. Am I being too subtle?

  5. You and my husband are the same age. He too served during the Vietnam war. He didn't go to Vietnam though he was sent to Germany.

    Thank you for your service Odie.

    As for the old Hollywood? I loved all those folks. The new Hollywood I don't support one bit. As for Hanoi Jane? I'll never forgive that treasonous witch ever.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  6. LL, I think you're being too gentle.

    Thank you also my friend.

  7. Sandee, thank you for keeping our home fires burning.

  8. My heart is with yours. I spent 22 years in the Navy and my special respect is for those who served.
    Our nation has left behind all it's values and now we suffer for it. Have a blessed day Odie and thanks for your service. BTW, great picture!

  9. Dick, sexy young man, huh. Thank you for that enormous 22 years.

  10. A few you may have missed:

    Clint Walker - lied about his age to serve in the Merchant Marine.

    Doug Fairbanks, Jr - US Navy, severed in convoys on the Murmansk run, then served as a Beach Jumper - at Calais Harbor 6/6/44.

    And my mom's favorite cowboy of the talkies: Col Tim McCoy - US Cavalry WWI, Army Air Corps WWII.

    PS I am with you 1000% on today's Hollyweird and 1,000,000 on Hanoi Jane.

  11. Edutcher, You mean I missed some ... shoot.

  12. Great post Odie. We need to hear that and to cherish their service - for the vets and active service members. And as for the pissants --- meh, get a job.

  13. Well, Mom had a thing for Tim McCoy, so I heard all about him, and it wasn't until recently members of the of the WWII Merchant Marine qualified as vets.

    The Western channel had an interview with Clint Walker and that's the only reason I know he was Merchant Marine.

    A few others (I had to look it up) - Peter Falk, Jack Lord, Carroll O'Connor.

  14. And, one of our friends to the north, James Doohan (Scotty) hit Juno Beach at Normandy on D-Day, survived the invasion to get hit by friendly fire later that night.

    Edutcher: Clint Walker, because of his height (6'6") was one of the first men off his landing craft on D-Day, because they needed to see how deep the water was!

  15. Wonderful list.

    The liberal media is a killer.

    Thank you for your service!

  16. sig94, Old Hollywood loved this country. Today's Hollywood are a bunch of spoiled brats.

  17. edutcher, that was definitely not the me generation.

  18. Proof, when I was growing up, my girlfriend's father had a really bad shoulder received at Normandy.

  19. Hear is one that should be if he isn't, George Gobel.


  20. Times have changed. I use to love those Audie Murphy westerns and what can one really say about the Duke!

  21. Proof said...

    Edutcher: Clint Walker, because of his height (6'6") was one of the first men off his landing craft on D-Day, because they needed to see how deep the water was!

    You're thinking of Jim Arness at Anzio, but the story's true.

  22. Ron, I wasn't sure I should make a "Duke" joke, so I didn't.

  23. DEATHBUZZARD, Aren't those last 5 true Ass-Wipes.

  24. Thank-you for your service.
    Hand Salute!
    I am sixty and I know those names.
    Jane Fonda should be rotting in Hell


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