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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.

4
Jul

SSgt Hal Holbrook US Army (Served 1942-1946)

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 SSgt Hal Holbrook

US Army

(Served 1942-1946)

View his Service Profile on TogetherWeServed.com
http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/344577

Short Bio: During World War II, Holbrook served in the Army in Newfoundland. After the war, he attended Denison University, graduating in 1948. While at Denison, Holbrook’s senior honors project concerned Mark Twain. He’d later develop “Mark Twain Tonight”, the one-man show in which he impersonates the great American writer Mark Twain, a.k.a. Samuel Clemens.

13
Jun

AOM1c Richard Boone US Navy (Served 1942-1945)

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AOM1c Richard Boone

US Navy

(Served 1942-1945)

View his service profile on Together We Served: http://navy.togetherweserved.com/profile/468459

Short Bio: One of Hollywood’s favorite villains, as a distant relation to Daniel Boone, Richard sometimes sported a coonskin cap as he manned his rear turret during flight operations.

16
May

PFC Sam Peckinpah, US Marine Corps (Served 1945-1946)

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PFC Sam Peckinpah

US Marine Corps

(Served 1945-1946)

View his service history on TogetherWeServed.com

http://marines.togetherweserved.com/profile/443157

Short Bio: David Samuel Peckinpah was born and grew up in Fresno, California, when it was still a sleepy town. Young Sam was a loner. The child’s greatest influence was his grandfather Denver Church, a judge, congressman and one of the best shots in the Sierra Nevadas. Sam served in the US Marine Corps during World War II but – to his disappointment – did not see combat.

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.

2
May

S2c Allan Melvin US Navy (Served 1943-1944)

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S2c Allan Melvin

US Navy

(Served 1943-1944)

View his service profile on Togetherweserved.com

http://navy.togetherweserved.com/profile/623650

Short Bio: Rubber faced comic actor Allan Melvin was raised in NYC by his grandparents. He became one of the most familiar faces in television in the 60’s and early 70’s lending a hand in “The Phil Silvers Show”, “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, “The Brady Bunch” and many more.

28
Feb

Pvt Art Carney US Army (Served 1943-1945)

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Pvt Art Carney

US Army

(Served 1943-1945)

View his Service Profile on TogetherWeServed.com

http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/340305

Short Bio: He served with the 28th Infantry Division, and landed at Normandy in July 1944, and involved in the fighting around St. Lo, France. On 15 August 1944, while manning a machine gun, a German mortar shell blew him in the air, severely wounding him in his right leg. He was sent back to Normandy and taken to a Army hospital in the English Midlands.

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

31
Jan

Sgt Harold Russell US Army (Served 1941-1944)

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Sgt Harold Russell

US Army

(Served 1941-1944)

View his Service Profile on TogetherWeServed.com

http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/354174

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.

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.”

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