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17
Jan

1stLt George Gobel US Army Air Corps (1943-1945)

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1stLt George Gobel

US Army Air Corps

(1943-1945)

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http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/119487

Short Bio: During World War II, Gobel served in the US Army Air Forces as a flight instructor in AT-9 aircraft at Altus, Oklahoma and later in B-26 Marauder bombers at Frederick, Oklahoma. In a 1969 appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Gobel joked, “There was not one Japanese aircraft got past Tulsa.”

30
Aug

Actor/Comedian 2nd Lt Red Buttons US Army Air Corps (Served 1943-1945)

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red buttons2nd Lt Red Buttons

US Army Air Corps

(Served 1943-1945)

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http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/119407

Short Bio: His show business career spanned nearly 70 years. Best known as a feisty stand-up comedian with a rapid-fire delivery, he was also a fine character actor in Hollywood films.

2
Jun

Pvt Red Skelton US Army (Served 1944-1945)

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skeltonPvt Red Skelton

US Army

(Served 1944-1945)

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http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/303437

Short Bio: Red Skelton was already a popular comedian with his own show called The Raleigh Cigarette Program when he was drafted in March 1944, and the popular series was discontinued. Shipped overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Red Skelton had a nervous breakdown in Italy, spent three months in a hospital and was discharged in September, 1945. He once joked about his military career, “I was the only celebrity who went in and came out a private.” On December 4, 1945. Raleigh Cigarette Program resumed where it left off with Red Skelton introducing some new characters, including Bolivar Shagnasty and J. Newton Numbskull. Lurene Tuttle and Verna Felton appeared as Junior’s mother and grandmother. David Forrester and David Rose led the orchestra, featuring vocalist Anita Ellis. The announcers were Pat McGeehan and Rod O’Connor. The series ended May 20, 1949 and Red moved to CBS to continue his radio career

10
Feb

Capt Henry Gibson US Air Force (Served 1957-1960)

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Capt Henry Gibson

US Air Force

(Served 1957-1960)

View his Service Profile on TogetherWeServed.com at http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/174780

Short Bio: Gibson was born James Bateman in Germantown, Pennsylvania. His love of acting began when he joined the Mae Desmond theater company, in Philadelphia, at eight years old, and continued into his time at the Catholic University of America, Washington, where he studied drama. He would later pick up this passion again when, after serving as an intelligence officer in the US Air Force between 1957 and 1960, he enrolled at Rada in London.

18
Nov

S1c Don Rickles US Navy (Served 1944-1946)

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ricklesS1c Don Rickles

US Navy

(Served 1944-1946)

View his Service Profile on TogetherWeServed.com at http://navy.togetherweserved.com/profile/338953

Short Bio: His ship departed Norfolk, Virginia 10 November 1944 transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Manus Province, in Papua New Guinea on 13 December to escort two squadrons of motor torpedo boats to Hollandia, New Guinea. She then sailed on convoy duty to Leyte Gulf, Phillipines, arriving 1 January 1945.

He has said of one deployment, “It was so hot and humid, the crew rotted.”

4
Nov

PFC Buster Keaton US Army (1918-1919)

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buster-keatonPFC Buster Keaton

US Army

(Served 1918-1919)

View his Service Profile on TogetherWeServed.com at http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/372233

Short Bio: Legendary motion picture comic actor, writer, producer, and director of the 1910s thru 1960s. The oldest son of Joseph and Myra Keaton, who were stage comedians. Buster joined his family’s act at a very young age. It soon developed into a very rough stage act, with Buster’s dad hitting him with brooms and other objects on the stage. This is where Keaton learned all his falls and stunts.

22
Sep

1st Lt Dan Rowan US Army Air Corps (1941-1945)

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1st Lt Dan Rowan

US Army Air Corps

(1941-1945)
Shadow Box: http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/119880

Short Bio: During World War II, Rowan served as a fighter pilot in the United States Army Air Forces. He flew Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighters and shot down two Japanese aircraft before he was downed and seriously wounded over New Guinea. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

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4
Nov

Cpl Jonathan Winters US Marine Corps (1943-1946)

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Cpl Jonathan Winters

US Marine Corps

(Served 1943-1946)

Shadow Box: http://marines.togetherweserved.com/profile/104229

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Short Bio: At age 17, Winters quit high school and joined the United States Marine Corps and served two and a half years in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

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