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18
Jul

2nd Lt Jack Palance US Army Air Forces (Served 1942-1944)

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2nd Lt Jack Palance

US Army Air Forces

(Served 1942-1944)

View his Service Profile on TogetherWeServed.com

http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/118431

Short Bio: In the late 1930s, Palance started a professional boxing career. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Palance’s boxing career ended and his military career began as a member of the United States Army Air Forces. Palance’s rugged face, which took many beatings in the boxing ring, was disfigured when he bailed out of a burning B-24 Liberator bomber while on a training flight over southern Arizona, where he was a student pilot. Plastic surgeons repaired the damage as best they could, but he was left with a distinctive, somewhat gaunt, look. After much reconstructive surgery, he was discharged in 1944.

20
Jun

1st Lt Bruce Cabot US Army Air Corps (Served 1942-1944)

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1st Lt Bruce Cabot

US Army Air Corps

(Served 1942-1944)

View his service profile on TogetherWeServed.comhttp://navy.togetherweserved.com/profile/616277

Short Bio: Best remembered for his role as the hero in the original “King Kong”, as well as being one of a handful of actors who regularly appeared in John Wayne films. They became known as “Wayne’s Regulars”. Cabot appeared in 10 of the Duke’s films.

9
May

1stLt “Tennessee” Ernie Ford, US Army Air Corps. (Served 1942-1945)

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1stLt “Tennessee” Ernie Ford

US Army Air Corps

(Served 1942-1945)

View his Service Profile on TogetherWeServed.com

http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/179817

Short Bio: Best remembered for the song “16 Tons”, during World War II, 1st Lieutenant Ford was a bombardier flying missions over Japan. The war’s end found Ford in San Bernardino and then Pasadena, California, where he worked as a radio announcer.

14
Feb

2nd Lt Cameron Mitchell US Army Air Corps (1943-1945)

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2nd Lt Cameron Mitchell

US Army Air Corps

(1943-1945)

View his service profile on TogetherWeServed.com

http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/122638

Short Bio: Born Cameron MacDowell Mitzel in Dallastown, Pennsylvania to Rev. Charles and Kathryn Mitzel, Mitchell served as a bombardier with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. His film career began with minor roles in films dating back to 1945, but he quickly rose to young leading man status opposite such stars as Wallace Beery in The Mighty McGurk, Doris Day and James Cagney in Love Me or Leave Me, Lana Turner and Spencer Tracy in Cass Timberlane, Clark Gable and Jane Russell in The Tall Men, and Marlon Brando, Merle Oberon, and Jean Simmons in Desiree

17
Jan

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

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1stLt George Gobel

US Army Air Corps

(1943-1945)

View his service profile on TogetherWeServed.com

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.”

20
Dec

15822766_1348751811833806_4130064318511627768_nView the service history of Television’s “Mr. Wizard”

Capt Don Herbert

US Army Air Corps

(Served 1942-1945)

View his service history on TogetherWeServed.com

http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/120791

Short Bio: Herbert worked as an actor and stagehand in a Minnesota theater group before moving to New York City in 1941.

A year later, he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. As a B-24 bomber pilot, he flew 56 missions over Italy, Germany and Yugoslavia and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak-leaf clusters.

25
Oct

Actor Cpl Kevin McCarthy US Army Air Corps (Served 1943-1945)

mccarthy2Cpl Kevin McCarthy

US Army Air Corps

(Served 1943-1945)

View his Service Profile on TogetherWeServed.com

http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/122641

Short Bio: McCarthy was never a “household name” but he managed to get into a few cult classics. Best remembered for his role in “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, McCarthy served in the Motion Picture unit making training films

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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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
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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http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/119997

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.

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)

View his service history on TogetherWeServed.com:

http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/profile/119519

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.

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