Daniel Buck
Re: Re: Re: Did John Wayne avoid military service?
Sat Aug 28, 2:59

John Wayne was a relatively more youthful 34 when Pearl Harbor was attacked, but I get your point, life is full of ironies.

Alvin York, a conscientious objector of sorts, was one of our most decorated WWI soldiers. George McGovern, ardent foe of the Vietnam War, flew 35 bomber raids over Europe during WWII. And so on.

    • Re: Re: Did John Wayne avoid military service?Dan Brown, Fri Aug 27 19:03
      Wayne didn't get off easy, his mentor, John Ford reminded Wayne quite often that he did not serve. During the making of They Were Expendable Ford humilated Wayne over this on the set and Robert Montgo... 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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