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Sgt Harold Russell US Army (Served 1941-1944)

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Sgt Harold Russell

US Army

(Served 1941-1944)

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Short Bio: On June 6, 1944, he was training troops at Camp MacKall North Carolina. A charge exploded in his hands, resulting in the loss of both hands. In 1946 he was in the movie “The Best Years of Our Lives”, portraying a war veteran Homer Parrish, who had lost both hands in the Navy. For his role in the movie, he won TWO academy awards. He later went on to help establish AMVETS as a viable alternative to the American Legion for veterans, though his dream of an international veterans organization was never realized.


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PFC Robert Duvall

US Army

(Served 1953-1955)

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Short Bio: One of Hollywood’s most distinguished, popular, and versatile actors, Robert Duvall possesses a rare gift for totally immersing himself in his roles. Born January 5, 1931 and raised by an admiral, Duvall served in the army for two years after graduating from Principia College.

Photo is of his role in “Apocalypse Now”.


Capt. Jeff Chandler US Army (Served 1941-1945)

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Capt. Jeff Chandler

US Army

(Served 1941-1945)

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Short Bio: Although his career was cut short by his tragic death at a young age, Jeff Chandler was a prolific actor hitting his stride in the 1950s becoming a star, making westerns and action pictures. World War II found him serving in the military as an officer in the Aleutians.


CPL Conrad Hilton US Army (Served 1917-1918)

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conrad-hiltonCPL Conrad Hilton

US Army

(Served 1917-1918)

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Short Bio: He purchased his first hotel in Cisco, Texas in 1919 after returning from service in World War I. He quickly acquired other hotels, and formed Hilton Corporation in 1946. His first luxury Hilton Hotel was built in 1925 in Dallas Texas, and his empire has expanded to include over 2000 hotels and properties around the world.


S/Sgt Desi Arnaz US Army (Served 1942-1945)

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desiS/Sgt Desi Arnaz

US Army

(Served 1942-1945)

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Short Bio: Cuban-American actor, musician, and innovative television producer, best remembered for the hugely popular television sitcom “I Love Lucy”, which he produced and in which he portrayed ‘Ricky Ricardo.’


Cpl Mel Brooks US Army (Served 1944-1946)

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mel brooksCpl Mel Brooks

US Army

(Served 1944-1946)
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Short Bio: Singlehandedly won World War II! Okay, that not true, but lots of our boys in uniform might not have made it home without Brooks’s help. At 17, young Melvin Kaminsky joined the Army Corps of Engineers and was assigned to the 1104th Engineer Combat Group — just in time to be shipped over for the Battle of the Bulge. His unit fought through Europe, building bridges, destroying pillboxes, and occasionally fought as infantry. Brooks, née Kominsky, had the duty of defusing landmines in front of the advancing army.


S/Sgt Andy Rooney US Army (1941-1945)

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rooneyS/Sgt Andy Rooney

US Army


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Short Bio: Rooney was drafted into the U.S. Army in August 1941. Rooney began his career in newspapers while in the Army when, in 1942, he began writing for Stars and Stripes in London during World War II.

In February 1943, flying with the Eighth Air Force, he was one of six correspondents who flew on the first American bombing raid over Germany. Later, he was one of the first American journalists to visit the Nazi concentration camps near the end of World War II, and one of the first to write about them.


PVT Walter Brennan US Army (Served 1917-1919)

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PVT Walter Brennan

US Army

(Served 1917-1919)
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Short Bio: After graduation from high school, Brennan worked in vaudeville while holding down various odd jobs until 1917, when he enlisted to serve in World War I. While there, he suffered an injury to his vocal chords from exposure to mustard gas that left him with his screen trademark: a distinctively reedy, high-pitched voice that became a favorite for celebrity impersonators for decades.


PFC Ernie Banks US Army (1951-1953)

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ernie banks2PFC Ernie Banks

US Army


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Short Bio: A native of Dallas, Texas, 19-year-old Ernie Banks debuted for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro leagues in 1950. After two years in the Army, Banks returned to the Monarchs, who sold his contract to the Chicago Cubs in 1953. His debut on September 17th marked the first appearance of an African-American player for the franchise.

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