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16
Aug

Actor, PVT Burt Lancaster US Army (Served 1942-1945)

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burt-lancaster-01PVT Burt Lancaster 

US Army

(Served 1942-1945)

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Short Bio: Burton Lancaster was born the youngest of four children into a happy, but poor family. As a child, he worked shining shoes, selling newspapers, and shovelling snow to help out with domestic finances. The young Burt had hopes of singing opera, but these were dashed when his voice broke.

Lancaster enrolled at New York University in the hope of becoming a gym teacher, but soon got bored and ran away to join the circus, where he became an acrobat.

Burt joined the army in early 1942, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

9
Aug

Author, Sgt William Manchester  US Marine Corps (Served 1942-1945)

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william_manchesterSgt William Manchester 

US Marine Corps

(Served 1942-1945)

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http://marines.togetherweserved.com/profile/58017

Short Bio: Author of historical biographies “Death of a President”, “American Caesar” and “The Last Lion”, Manchester served in the Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was shot in the kneecap on Okinawa’s Sugar Loaf Hill but left the military hospital when he heard his regiment was moving on to Oruku peninsula. Wounded by mortar fire, he also was shot by a Japanese soldier near his heart. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

2
Aug

1st Lt Mickey Spillane US Army Air Corps (Served 1941-1945)

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Lieutenant_Frank_Spillane,_USAAF_Instructor_Pilot 1st Lt Mickey Spillane 

US Army Air Corps

(Served 1941-1945)

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Short Bio: Best remembered as the creator of hard-nosed detective Mike Hammer, Spillane joined the United States Army Air Corps on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the mid-1940s he was stationed as a flight instructor in Greenwood, Mississippi.

28
Jul

S1c Vic Morrow US Navy (Served 1946-1948)

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S1c Vic Morrow

US Navy

(Served 1946-1948)

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Short Bio: Victor Harry “Vic” Morrow was an American actor whose credits include a starring role in the 1960s TV series Combat as Sgt. “Chip” Saunders.

21
Jul

1st Lt “Skitch” Henderson, US Army Air Corps (Served 1940-1945)

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1st Lt “Skitch” Henderson,

US Army Air Corps

(Served 1940-1945)

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Short Bio: Skitch Henderson was a Grammy-winning conductor who lent his musical expertise to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby before founding the New York Pops and becoming the first “Tonight Show” bandleader. During World War II, Henderson flew for both the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Corps.

14
Jul

BT1 Pat Hingle US Navy (Served 1941-1945)

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hingleBT1 Pat Hingle

US Navy

(Served 1941-1945)

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Short Bio: Character actor Hingle was born Martin Patterson Hingle in Miami on July 19, 1924. He’d had one semester at the University of Texas when World War II broke out. He entered the Navy and served as an enlisted man on a destroyer in the Pacific.

7
Jul

Capt Richard Egan US Army (Served 1943-1946)

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Capt Richard Egan

US Army

(Served 1943-1946)

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Short Bio: Egan is best remembered for his many leading roles in action – adventures movies and made-for-television movies. He served as an officer in the Army, where he would only admit that he taught soldiers judo and bayonet and knife fighting stateside then was assigned to the battle in the Philippines.

30
Jun

Sgt Stan Lee US Army (Served 1942-1945)

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17103495_1428836863825300_6041823027758957842_nSgt Stan Lee

US Army

(Served 1942-1945)

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Short Bio: Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922, in New York City. Lieber, who later shortened his name to “Lee” as a writer, went on to be hired as an office assistant at Timely Comics in 1939 and became an interim editor for the company in the early 1940s. Lee also served domestically in the Army during World War II, working as a writer and illustrator.

In the early ’60s, Lee was called upon by his boss to create a series for Marvel Comics (Timely’s new name) that could compete with rival DC Comics’ hit title Justice League of America. Citing writing influences like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne, and following the encouragement of his wife Joan, Lee did away with some of the usual superhero conventions. Hence, with artist and co-creator Jack Kirby, the Fantastic Four was born in 1961. A slew of new Marvel characters soon followed, including the Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and the X-Men.

23
Jun

Cpl Philip Carey US Marine Corps (Served 1943-1952 )

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16684067_1400457936663193_3209264228734534037_nCpl Philip Carey

US Marine Corps

(Served 1943-1952)

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Short Bio: Tall, blond and of rugged proportions, handsome actor Philip Carey started out as a standard 1950s film actor in westerns, war stories and crime yarns but didn’t achieve full-fledged stardom until well past age 50 when he joined the daytime line-up as ornery Texas tycoon Asa Buchanan on the popular soap “One Life to Live” (1968) in 1979. Carey served with the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.

16
Jun

Sgt Martin Balsam US Army Air Force (Served 1941-1945)

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17553915_1464918110217175_6042881000981541897_nSgt Martin Balsam

US Army Air Force

(Served 1941-1945)

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Short Bio: During World War II, the character actor served with the United States Army as a combat engineer and later with the Army Air Force. Upon his return home, he enrolled at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research, where he was tutored by the acclaimed German theater director Erwin Piscator. He furthered his skills at the Actors Studio in New York.

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