REMEMBER THESE FACES?

BY DR. NEO GUTIERREZ
JULY  2017
July 4, of course, is a most special day in American history, as we celebrate America’s Independence Day.
And this July was extra special, thanks to Mary Valdez, wife of Tony Valdez, leader of the Valdez Brothers Orchestra in Laredo, until they moved to California in 1964. Mary, a terrific email friend, sent me the info for today’s column. You’ll probably remember these faces below…great Americans who were also great actors in Hollywood.
The notes below are from whoever put the info in the web:
So what is Fourth of July
all about?
 
This fantastic group of heroes…
and each and every one of them…
they could by themselves have taken care of
any and all wars
of the last quarter of a Century,
and then some…
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THE OLDER PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER THESE & THE YOUNGER ONES CAN LEARN ABOUT OUR PAST.THIS BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES.
COMPARE WITH HOLLYWOOD TODAY!
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Sterling Hayden, US Marines and OSS. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia.

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

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Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill.
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Kirk Douglas, US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and medically discharged. 

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Henry Fonda, US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee. 

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

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Mickey Rooney, US Army under Patton. Bronze Star. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert Taylor, US Navy. Instructor Pilot. 

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

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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. 
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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. 
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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.

Would someone please remind me again how many of today’s Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan? The only one

who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September 11, 2001, and serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004. But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you that this is not the America today that it was seventy years ago. And I, for one, am saddened.
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 the WWII, there was a job that needed doing they didn’t question, they went and did it, those that came home returned to their now new normal life and carried on, very few ever saying what they did or saw.

They took it as their “responsibility”, their “duty” to Country, to protect and preserve our freedoms and way of life, not just for themselves but for all future generations to come.

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