With the advent of World War II, many Hollywood Stars
went to fight for this country we all love.
They gave up their wealth, position and fame to become
service men & women, many as simple "enlisted men."
Captain, US Army Air Corps. Although beyond draft age, Clark Gable enlisted as
a private in the Air Corps on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles. He was assigned to
the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook and although neither ordered nor expected
to do so, flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s. Gable returned to the
U.S. in Oct. 1943 and was relieved from active duty as a major on Jun. 12, 1944
at his own request, since he was over age for combat.
Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy.
Initially rejected from the Air Force for being underweight, Stewart
beefed up and became the first major Hollywood star to enlist during
World War II. Stewart eventually flew in 25 bombing missions over
occupied Europe as well as starting a pilot training school which
educated 200,000 pilots during the course of the conflict.
Humphrey Bogart served in the US Navy in the First World War. The
ship that he served on was the Leviathan. He saw active service aboard
her in 1918. Bogart received an injury to his face and more notably his
mouth which left him with a slight lisp this was said to have happened
when shrapnel had hit him from an exploding bomb.
Served in the U.S. Navy and was
awarded the Bronze Star for Valor
As a child she was a courier for World
War II resistance fighters in Holland.
Operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.