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Lt Regis Philbin US Navy (Served 1953-1955)

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Lt Regis Philbin

US Navy

(Served 1953-1955)

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Short Bio: American media personality, TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality, Regis Philbin became one of the most popular talk-show hosts in America and in Canada,. Sometimes called “the hardest working man in show business”, he holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera. His trademarks include his excited manner, his Bronx accent, his wit, and irreverent ad-libs.

After Graduating from Norte Dame in 1953 he joined the US Navy. He was last stationed at NAB Coronado with Landing Ship Squadron One and served as a Supply Officer.


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nancy-kulpLtjg Nancy Kulp

US Navy

(Served 1943-1945)

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Short Bio: With aspirations of becoming a journalist, Kulp studied at Florida State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1943.
Upon graduation, Kulp enlisted in the WAVEs and rose to the rank of LtJg. She stated that patriotism motivated her to join up, however, she could not envision a career for herself in the military, and so she left the service in 1945.


LTJG Bob Barker US Navy (Served 1942-1945)

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bob-barkerLTJG Bob Barker

US Navy

(Served 1942-1945)

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Short Bio: Barker was born in Darrington, WA, and spent most of his youth on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where his mother was a schoolteacher. His family eventually moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he attended high school and Drury College on a basketball scholarship. World War II interrupted his studies and he joined the US Navy, becoming a fighter pilot, but the war ended before he was assigned to a seagoing squadron.


RM3 Fred Gwynne US Navy (Served 1944-1948)

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gwynneRM3 Fred Gwynne US Navy (Served 1944-1948)

Short Bio: Born Frederick Hubbard Gwynne in New York City on July 10, 1926, to a wealthy stockbroker father, he attended the exclusive prep school Groton, where he first appeared on stage in a student production of William Shakespeare’s “Henry V”. After serving in the United States Navy as a radioman during World War II, he went on to Harvard, where he majored in English and was on the staff of the “Harvard Lampoon”.

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SSgt Larry Wilcox US Marine Corps (1967-1973)

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SSgt Larry Wilcox

US Marine Corps


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Long before he found fame riding alongside fellow 70’s heartthrob Erik Estrada in the hit TV series “CHiPs”, Larry Wilcox took on a very different role, one far less glamorous and that won him few fans. In May of 1967, the then 19-year-old, knowing the draft was looming, followed in his older brother’s footsteps and joined the Marine Corps. His unit, the 12th Marines, fought in Vietnam in the I Corps which ranged in areas from Dong Ha to the DMZ and Con Thien, and eventually, the Tet Offensive.

Visit his profile to read one of the better articles on his struggles with PTSD.

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Cpl Charles Bronson US Army Air Corps (1943-1946)

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Cpl Charles Bronson
US Army Air Corps
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Short Bio: In 1943, Bronson joined the United States Army Air Forces and served as an aircraft gunner in the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron, and in 1945 as a B-29 Superfortress crewman with the 39th Bombardment Group based on Guam.

Went on 25 Combat Missions as a Tail Gunner on the B-29’s.


2nd Lt Jackie Coogan (1941-1945)

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Actor 2nd Lt Jackie Coogan

US Army Air Corps


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Short Bio: Best remembered as Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family” TV series from the late 60s, Coogan enlisted in Army Mar 1941. After Pearl Harbor, requested transfer to Air Corps as a glider pilot. He was made a Flight Officer and volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Grp. In Dec 1943, sent to India where, using gliders, airlifted Brit troops during the night aerial invasion of Burma, landing them in a small clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines.

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Cpl Don Adams US Marine Corps (1941-1945)

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Cpl Don Adams

US Marine Corps

(Served 1941-1945)

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Yarmy (Don Adams) was wounded during the Battle of Guadalcanal, nearly dying. He also contracted blackwater fever, a complication of malaria. After his recovery and return to the States he served as a drill instructor. As a Marine Corps drill instructor he was commended by his superiors for being able to exceed the performance of his recruits at every required physical task.

Don Adams was an American actor, comedian and director. In his five decades on television, he was best known as Maxwell Smart in the television situation comedy Get Smart, which he also sometimes directed and wrote.

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ARM3 Paul Newman US Navy (1943-1946)

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ARM3 Paul Newman US Navy

(Served 1943-1946)

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Short Bio: Graduating high school in 1943, Newman briefly attended college before enlisting in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. He wanted to be a pilot, but he was told that he could never fly a plane as he was colorblind. He ended up serving as a radio operator and spent part of World War II serving in the Pacific.

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