B.J.
Did John Wayne avoid military service?
Sun Aug 22, 10:46

A few years ago after I started my masters program I stumbled upon some evidence indicating (not conclusive evidence) that John Wayne actually wanted to join the military. Although he never openly used this excuse he was at the time under contract to republic studios. Republic apparently used their influence with the government to nether draft nor allow John Wayne to Join any branch of the armed services. I was unable to find evidence why Republic was opposed to him entering the service. My own personal perspective is it was possibly related to profits however my perspective cannot be used even as circumstantial evidence. If the above is true? It is a credit to John Wayne not using Republic pictures as his excuse.

    • The DukeEddie Lanham, Sun Aug 22 3:35
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      • Did John Wayne avoid military service? — B.J., Sun Aug 22 10:46
        • Re: Did John Wayne avoid military service?Daniel Buck, Sun Aug 22 11:35
          There are varied reasons given for John Wayne not serving in WWII, perhaps some apocryphal, for example, https://www.military.com/history/why-john-wayne-was-labeled-draft-dodger-during-world-war-i... more
          • Thx Daniel, I remember reading that although Ronald Reagan served in the military he was mostly used for PR purposes including making pro war movies and sometimes involved in media recruitment ads as ... more
            • Re: Re: Re: Did John Wayne avoid military service?Daniel Buck, Sun Aug 22 13:06
              The bright side: Some actors, like Jimmy Stewart, fought to get in the military and once in, did their best. Here's a few who served in the military and related efforts during WWII: https://www... more
              • Tyrone was a Marine aviator and served in the pacific. At the age of forty-eight, Dashiell Hammett enlisted as a private in the army. Three years later he was honorably discharged as a sergeant. An... more
              • Stewart, Hepburn, and LombardJerry Prather, Sun Aug 22 16:24
                Robert Matzen has written excellent books on this subject. MISSION: JIMMY STEWART AND THE FIGHT FOR EUROPE tells how Stewart saw the war coming early and did everything he could to join the military a... more
                • Re: Stewart, Hepburn, and LombardDaniel Buck, Sun Aug 22 17:40
                  Excellent. Thanks. Coincidentally, as we speak, Josephine Baker's remains will soon be re-interred at the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/22/josephine-baker... more
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