B.J.
Re: Re: Did John Wayne avoid military service?
Sun Aug 22, 12:38

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 well as war bond investments.

Maybe John Wayne would have been used by the military as Reagan was although he did contribute to a positive image of America’s war effort in his movies?

    • 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
      • Re: Re: Did John Wayne avoid military service? — B.J., Sun Aug 22 12:38
        • 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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