My generation grew up
watching, being entertained by and laughing with so many of these fine people.
Never really knowing what they contributed to the war effort.
Like millions of Americans during WWI & WWII, there was a job that needed doing and they didn't question it,
just went and did it. Those that came home returned to their now new normal life and carried on
and very few ever saying what they did or saw.
They took it as their "responsibility" and their "duty" to the Country to protect and preserve our freedoms.
American way of life not just for themselves, but for all future generations to come.
As a member of that “Finest" generation, I'm forever humbly in their debt.
Here are only a few of these silent heroic Heroes that are slowly being forgotten
Do You Remember These Men?
Adalbert "Max" Baer Jr. Served in the late 1950s,
Stationed at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama as a Medical Technician.
Sterling Hayden, US Marines and
OSS. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia
and parachuted into Croatia and received a Silver Star.
McFarland an actor most
famous for his appearances The Little Rascals.
In 1952, at age 24 joined the United States Air Force.
enlisted in the
Army Air Corps
on March 22, 1941.
Though he desired to fly as a combat pilot, he was at first used mostly for publicity.
Bomber pilot who was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran,
who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve,
becoming the highest-ranking actor in military history. rose to the rank of General.
Charles “Sebastian” Thomas Cabot served in US Army and fought in World War II.
Ernest Borgnine (né Ermes Effron Borgnino) Gunner’s Mate 1st
Class US Navy 1935-45 WW II.
Born in 1917, he served one term in the Navy after high school, then reenlisted after Pearl Harbor.
During the war he served aboard the USS Lamberton (DD-119) in the Pacific Theater.
Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah In 1943, he
joined (1943-46) the United
States Marine Corps.
Within two years, his battalion was sent to China with the task of disarming Japanese soldiers and repatriating them following World War II.
He claims to have witnessed acts of war between Chinese and Japanese soldiers and also was shot during an attack by Communist forces.
also served three years (1943–1946) in the United
States Army during
World War II, from which he was discharged with a Purple Heart disability.
Walter Matthau was an American
actor. During World War II, Matthau
served in the U.S. Army Air Forces with the Eighth Air Force in England as a B-24 Liberator radioman-gunner,
in the same 453rd Bombardment Group as James Stewart. He reached the rank of staff sergeant,
and was awarded 6 battle stars.
Forrest, US Army, 1943
States Army at
and fought in the Battle of the Bulge Wounded, during World War II.
Newman served in the United
States Navy in World
War II in
he enrolled in the Navy V-12 pilot
training program at Yale
but was dropped when his colorblindness was discovered. Boot camp followed, with training as a radioman and rear gunner.
Qualifying in torpedo bombers in 1944, Aviation Radioman Third Class Newman was sent to Barbers Point, Hawaii.
He was subsequently assigned to Pacific-based replacement torpedo squadrons VT-98, VT-99, and VT-100,
responsible primarily for training replacement combat pilots and air crewmen, with special emphasis on carrier landings.
He later flew as a turret gunner in an Avenger torpedo bomber. As a radioman-gunner, his unit was assigned to the USS Bunker Hill along with other
replacements shortly before the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of 1945. The pilot of his aircraft had an ear infection which kept their plane grounded.
The rest of their squadron flew to the Bunker Hill. Days later, a kamikaze attack on the vessel killed a number of service members,
including the other members of his unit.
(born Robert Ozell Moseley) joining
in 1942, during World War II.
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