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  1. Clive at |

    I’ve read stories about things Audie Murphy did during the war and I believe he is a great American hero but finding that he appeared in those movies adds a new perspective. Thankyou for making me realise that.

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  2. David at |

    What about Elvis?

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    1. Jonathan Reiter at |

      He didn’t see combat… These guys did, although I shouldn’t include Clark Gable, he did too…
      Just for the record, I was in my country’s army, but didn’t go to a war… Good thing, too. I got more than enough problems to deal with right now…

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  3. kyle at |

    James Dohaan??

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    1. Jonathan Reiter at |

      James Doohan was a Canadian who was in the Canadian Forces during the Second World War… He also had lost his middle finger…

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      1. tasmanian devil at |

        Doohan was actually shot six times by one of his fellow Canadians with a nervous trigger finger.

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  4. Wilm at |

    Wow, I never knew Mel was in the service, let alone he was at the battle of the bulge! cool list though I am ashamed to say I only know just 4 of the men on the list.

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    1. Wilm at |

      Oh one last thing, I figured Rod Serling (from Twilight Zone) would have made the list or at least an honorable mention, he saw combat in the pacific theatre at Leyte Gulf.

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      1. TriviaFan at |

        I think maybe because Rod Serling was more of a writer than an actor? Not that his service was not worthy of being mentioned. He did mostly intros to t.v. programs I think.

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  5. LeoBassy at |

    And what do we have in Hollywood now? Pukes like Sean Penn & Alec Baldwin. Amazing how a generation can change things.

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  6. auto devis at |

    Mel Brooks is the one that is hard to believe. Wow he is such an amazing person.

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  7. Mike at |

    The terrific actor Neville Brand played Texas Ranger Reese Bennett on the TV western Laredo(1965-’67)was also a highly decorated U.S.Army soldier who fought in Europe in WW II & who was wounded.

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    1. Jack at |

      Absolutely!!! I was thinking Neville Brand would be no.2 and Audie no.1. I’m pretty sure Neville was the second most decorated soldier in WWII, although in interviews I saw he kind of dismissed and played down his bravery, just as all great heroes do. He even stated on a talk show it was another actor who was the second most (can’t remember who he said it was) that is also not on this list. Maybe they don’t consider him recognizable enough. Rod Steiger is also missing from this list. I saw a bio on TCM and he too should’ve been mentioned. James Garner saw action in Korea, as did Charles Bronson I believe.

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  8. Face at |

    Chuck Norris?

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    1. Wilm210 at |

      While both his service and support of the United States Military is appreciated and honorable, Chuck Norris did not see combat like the rest of the men on this list. I know he was station in South Korea in 1958 but this was after the Korean War ended in 1953 (well not technically since only a ceasefire was declared but you get the idea).

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  9. Gawain at |

    It was surprising that Neville Brand didn’t make the cut. I’ve read that he was the fourth most decorated soldier in WWII. Then again I’ve also read that the Army didn’t track medals (but if that’s true why is it common knowledge that Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier in WWII?).

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  10. Daryl Griffin former MAJ USA at |

    I’m sick and tired of journalists and modern Hollywood types who are too lazy to do their homework because they look down on those who have and currently serve. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE CMOH!!!!!! IT IS NOT THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR NOR HAS IT EVER OFFICIALLY BEEN NAMED THAT!! IT IS THE: MEDAL OF HONOR awarded in the name of congress and presented by the President of the United States. Additionally the US doesn’t have a Silver Cross it is the Silver Star. I doubt Lee Marvin or Jimmy Stewart would appreciate your sloppy lazy research. I DO APPLAUD YOU FOR SHOWING TODAY’S GROUP OF LIBERTINE QUISLINGS IN HOLLYWOOD WHAT REAL MEN WHO WERE ACTORS DID WHEN HISTORY CALLED!!
    PS. Do you know which attack killed more Americans Pearl Harbor or 11 Sept. 2001? I was at the Pentagon so don’t whine to me about the war on terror. I APPLAUD YOU AGAIN FOR RECOGNIZING THESE HONORABLE MEN OF HOLLYWOOD.

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    1. Jack at |

      Where in Lee Marvin’s or James Stewart’s bio do you see any reference to a “Silver Cross”? Perhaps they edited it after your post, but I don’t see it.

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  11. Rob Bolvin at |

    Mr. D Griffin-My 1944 US Navy Bluejackets Manual, an official Navy publication given to all new recruits, has a photo of what it calls the Congressional Medal of Honor. The medal was commonly called this during WW2. While at the Pentagon you could have done your own research to find this out, as it seems to bother you so much.

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  12. M N Curlee at |

    David Niven also deserves mention. Although popularly known as a refined gentlemanly actor, during WWII Niven was actually a commando! His bio reads like an adventure story. And of course, like so many others of his era, when asked about his experiences in the war, he usually said something slightly self-depricating and changed the subject.

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