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Celebrities Who Didn't Serve But Did Their Part

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  1. Biak

    Biak Adjutant Staff Member Patron  

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    Years ago I mentioned to a certain soldier serving in Afghanistan that I wished I could do more than just send a package now and then. His reply was, " You have your part and we have ours", "Your support shows you have Our backs". Amazing.

    I was curious and yep, Betty White did her part. Always liked her;

    "When World War II broke out, she put her career on hold and volunteered for the American Women's Voluntary Services. Her assignment included driving a PX truck with military supplies to Hollywood Hills. She also participated in events for troops before they were deployed overseas. Commenting on her time in service White said, "It was a strange time and out of balance with everything."

    Easy duty sure, but supporting the troops not making movies or chasing stardom.

    I'd like to see other names added who put their careers on hold or went above the usual.
     
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    A good thread Biak...
    Plenty come to my mind in Australia ( i might list some later) - The first bloke who came to mind is Normie Rowe - An Australian teeny-bopper star. His career was at its peak when he was called up for Vietnam service and he went without quibble...

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    Biak Adjutant Staff Member Patron  

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    Thanks CAC, Here in the States Elvis and Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart (among others) put their careers on hold, others found excuses.
     
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    He didn't fly (can penguins?) but certainly did his bit as an Air Force Captain; filming recruitment movies and taking part in the war chest drive.
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    Captain Clark Gable with Lt. Col. Robert Burns after his fifth mission as combat photographer.
     
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    mcoffee Son-of-a-Gun(ner)

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    Major Glenn Miller. Killed when the UC-64 Norseman he was in disappeared over the English Channel
     
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    The afore-mentioned Jimmy Stewart receiving the Air Medal. He later received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Among his duties in the USAAF was Squadron Commander of the 703rd Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group flying B-24s. He remained in the USAF Reserve after the war and rose to Brig. General.
     
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    The Tin Man

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    Jack Haley brought his USO show to Grottaglie, Italy on 13 August 1944.

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    Of greater interest to the troops - he brought Girls

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    WooHoo
     
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