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Hollywood Heroes - World War II

During World War II some of Hollywood's most successful actors opted to serve in uniform.  In a reversal of fortune, following the war, several veterans like Audie Murphy went on to find fame on the big screen.  Can you identify the following Celebrity veterans of World War II?  You can view a picture of each individual in uniform by clicking on the silhouette to the right of the answers. 

At age 41 when World War II started I was exempt from the draft.  Still I left a $30,000 a month job, enlisted in the Army as a private and worked my way up through the ranks.  After graduating Officers' Candidate School in 1942 I attended aerial gunnery school, then served with the 8th Air Force in England.  Though I flew combat bombing missions, my primary job was photographing other airmen in action for a movie to recruit airmen for the war effort.  I completed my service as a major.

 Your Answer


  1. Jimmy Stewart
  2. Clark Gable
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. Glenn Miller
  5. John Wayne

At the start of WWII I left a Hollywood career to work in a circus in Mexico, gathering intelligence for US Naval Intelligence.  After enlistment in the Navy, I served at Tarawa on an amphibious attack transport, where I was conspicuous for transporting dozens of wounded Marines under fire.  Decades later my WWII actions were recognized with a belated award of the Bronze Star with combat "V".

Your Answer


  1. Jack Lemon
  2. Tyrone Power
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. Eddie Albert
  5. Ernest Borgnine

My celebrity status didn't help my efforts to join the Navy when WWII began; the Navy found me underweight?  After "plumping up" I joined the Army Air Force and flew 20 combat missions during which I earned the Distinguished Service Medal, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and four Air Medals.  After retiring as a Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserves, I was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Your Answer


  1. Jimmy Stewart
  2. Charlton Heston
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. Tyrone Power
  5. Clark Gable

I left my successful movie career in 1942 to become a Marine Corps pilot, logging more than 1,000 hours flight time before the war ended.  I am remembered by many of the Marines who served at Iwo Jima, where I flew supplies in and ferried wounded men out.  Your Answer

  1. Jimmy Stewart
  2. Clark Gable
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. Tyrone Power
  5. John Wayne


The tail gunner on a bomber was forced to defend his aircraft from within a tiny, cramped cubical from a virtually prone position.  I flew 21 combat missions in World War II, most as a tail gunner.  I also flew five weather observation missions.

Your Answer


  1. Jimmy Stewart
  2. Clark Gable
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. Tyrone Power
  5. Charles Bronson

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