Fallschirmjäger wrote:There is a good book is saw that was on this subject and there where lots in it,now what was the name?
There are several similar books, one of which is Stars in the Corps
(Naval Institute Press, 1999), which counts all the Marine Corps veterans who went on to stardom or celebrity in film, sports, etc. It seems natural for history-conscious Marines to have compiled such a book. Spinoff volumes include Stars in Blue
and Stars in Khaki
for the Navy and Army respectively
is best remembered as creator, host, and narrator of his TV series The Twilight Zone
. He was a paratrooper in 11th Airborne Division in the retaking of the Philippines. He was injured by shrapnel at the retaking of Corregidor's "Topside" and spent the rest of the campaign in hospital. The stories he wrote during his long convalescence led to a literary interest and became the basis for his famous show.
, the "John Wayne of Japan", served in the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. He was in air photo reconnaissance, in China.
had landed at Normandy, was wounded by a German S-mine and fought through to the Battle of the Bulge. There he was one of the three survivors of the infamous Malmedy Massacre, and his testimony was naturally important to its prosecution -- it might make interesting reading today. Durning seldom spoke of it in all the years after, although he worked off-screen in many veterans benefits. Besides his various films over the years (The Sting; The Final Countdown
), he still appears on TV today, even as a cartoon voice (Family Guy
, best remembered as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 of the 1960s TV spy comedy Get Smart
, had been a US Marine infantryman at Guadalcanal, where he became the only survivor of his platoon. Later he was a Marine drill instructor. A long way from "Agent 86" and his cartoon voices as Tennessee Tuxedo
(1960s) and Inspector Gadget
, of another 1960s TV comedy Green Acres
, had been US Navy Lieutenant Edward A. Heimberger at Tarawa. His rescue of seventy Marines under fire earned him a Bronze Star.
is best remembered as starship engineer Scotty in the original Star Trek
TV series and later movies. He fought at Normandy with the Royal Canadian Artillery, lost a finger on one hand and later served in the RCAF in spotter planes. He had a "bad boy" pilot reputation for doing things like flying slalom between telephone poles. Star Trek
creator Gene Roddenberry had himself served with the USAAF, in a B-17 unit out of Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific.
had served as a lower-deck US Navy sailor during World War I, on board the transport USS Leviathan
. One account has it that when his ship was attacked, he suffered a facial injury that scarred his mouth and thus added to his gangster and tough-guy film roles. Another version held that it was caused by a naval prisoner in his custody, who had injured his face in an escape attempt.
, the classic movie idol, was commissioned in the US Marines in World War II, but was considered too old for combat aviation and became a transport pilot instead. His unit flew in support of the Marianas campaign, as well as Iwo Jima.
had served as a 'keys" (quartermaster) on board destroyer USS Satterlee
during World War II, later becoming an air intelligence officer in the central Pacific. I am not sure, but I think he found that if he had remained on board Satterlee
he would likely have been killed, for when that ship was hit by a kamikaze
later in the war, it demolished his duty station. Fonda put this experience directly to use in Mister Roberts
, both on stage and on film, even wearing his original Navy uniform. While working in air intelligence he had to keep track of aviators missing in action -- including one Ensign George H.W. Bush, shot down over the Bonin Islands and rescued by submarine.