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53hawkeye
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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  8:59:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw some history on this marine yesterday on the History Channel. I had heard that he was a war hero, but did not know the details.

In the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific, he was credited with pulling, 70 wounded marines out of the water, at the height of the battle, mowed down by Tojo in their 700 meter trek thru waist high water toward the heavily defended, Jap held, beach.

Can you imagine this man, playing Mr. Douglas on "Green Acres"? Well, there may have been one good reason, Eva.

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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  9:09:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  9:12:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had seen this a few years back during a Memorial day "military salute".
Just goes to show, "You can't judge a book by it's cover".

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trapguy2007
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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  9:13:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Quite a few of that age group were heroes .
Read about Lee Marvin and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo )on Iwo Jima .
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cer
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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  9:38:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mr Albert was in charge of a landing craft and was Navy. He did save many wounded Marines, while being shot at by the japs. I am NOT knocking Mr Albert for being in the navy. I for one am glad, and proud he was able to save so many Marines. He was very brave to put himself into danger, to save many lives. Navy or Marines.

Edited by - cer on 06/03/2009 06:29:43 AM
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53hawkeye
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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  9:44:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cer

Mr Albert was in charge of a landing craft and was Navy. He did save many wounded Marines, while being shot at by the japs.


Yes, I think you are correct, Navy, but Navy and Marine Corps being sister services (in a time of war) what difference? He saved enough Marines to get a Semper Fi from me.






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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  9:48:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



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Txs
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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  11:07:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many also don't realize Charles Durning was a decorated WWII vet.

He joined the Army at 17, became a Ranger and went into Normandy on D-Day. He and over 100 members of his unit were later captured by SS troops during the Battle of the Bulge but he managed to escape. This was the unit subsequently massacred by their captors at Malmedy.

By war's end he'd earned three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star.


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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  11:20:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by trapguy2007

Quite a few of that age group were heroes .
Read about Lee Marvin and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo )on Iwo Jima .


Lee Marvin didn't fight on Iwo Jima although he did fight on Saipan where he was wounded--there was a big internet rumor/email going around a while back that Lee and Bob fought together--Bob Keeshan enlisted way after Iwo Jima was fought.
http://www.snopes.com/military/celebrities/leemarvin.asp


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trapguy2007
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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  11:27:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by trapguy2007

Quite a few of that age group were heroes .
Read about Lee Marvin and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo )on Iwo Jima .


Lee Marvin didn't fight on Iwo Jima although he did fight on Saipan where he was wounded--there was a big internet rumor/email going around a while back that Lee and Bob fought together--Bob Keeshan enlisted way after Iwo Jima was fought.
http://www.snopes.com/military/celebrities/leemarvin.asp

Then I stand corrected !
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ruger41
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Posted - 06/02/2009 :  11:33:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
no problem---but I still wonder--who checks snopes for accuracy? lol

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grumpygy
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Posted - 06/03/2009 :  12:34:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Read about Lee Marvin and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo )on Iwo Jima .


Did some searching on this one just to verify Snopes they are right on this they did not serve together.


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Txs
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Posted - 06/03/2009 :  01:39:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recall seeing Lee Marvin interviewed by Johnny Carson back in the early 70's and the subject of his time in the Marines came up. He told of being wounded on Saipan and lying for many hours waiting on someone to come along help him. The way he put it, 'help' is the most useless word you can say if there's no one around to hear it.

He also told of having to lie face down in a hospital bed for over a year during his recuperation.

Marvin was obviously hammered during this interview.

I wouldn't doubt it's on YouTube or something of that sort. Very powerful stuff.
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allen griggs
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Posted - 06/03/2009 :  05:30:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw that interview with Lee Marvin, he said he was shot in the ass.
You can just see Lee Marvin as a Marine, he looks like a bad ass.

Eddie Albert looks like a goofball. He either played a silly guy in Green Acres, or a bad guy in The Longest Yard and the Dirty Harry movies.
I saw that show on Tarawa, Eddie Albert was a warrior and a hero.
He was a naval officer, and he was driving one of those landing craft.
He had let his men out and was headed back to the big ship, when he saw wounded Marines drowning, bleeding to death in the surf.
He would stop and get them aboard his craft, evidently, he lifted them aboard by himself.
Then, he took them back to the ship for medical care.
The eyewitness said that the Jap gunners caught on to what Eddie Albert was doing, and were trying to blow his boat out of the water.
The Jap gunners couldn't hit him, and Albert made repeated trips to rescue Marines.
This eyewitness said that Eddie Albert had rescued 70 Marines.
Sounds like Medal of Honor work to me.
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Queen of Swords
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Posted - 06/03/2009 :  06:09:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Indeed, how things have changed....

Actor James (Gunsmoke) Arness was in his own words “shot all to hell” and severely wounded and left with a lifelong limp at Anzio, Italy while serving as a rifleman with the 3rd Infantry Division. Charles Durning (the Sting , Rescue Me) served in very intense combat from Omaha beach to the Battle of the Bulge as a infantryman and was wounded no less than three times in a year while being awarded the silver star for valor. Funny man Mel Brooks served as a forward artillery observer. A young Hal Holbrook, while serving in Canada with the Army, got his first chance at acting in the base’s theatre troop. Don Knotts, (Mr Limpet) was a male nurse in the Army in the Pacific. Before his trips to the Twilight Zone, Rod Serling was a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific where he specialized in combat demolitions whenever he wasn’t in the ring with the division's boxing team. Famed cross-dresser and B-movie film legend Edward D. Wood, Jr. served in the Marines after volunteering at age 17. He claimed that as a flame-thrower operator he wore a pink silk bra and panties under his uniform as he thought the silk would be more fire retardant than the issued GI underwear at the Battle of Tarawa

Talent on the High Seas
Actor Eddie Albert won a bronze star while operating a Coast Guard landing ship during the hellish Battle of Tarawa. Buddy Epsen (Beverly Hillbillies) also served as a Coast Guard officer aboard a frigate in on solitary weather patrol in the pacific. Henry Fonda likewise took a break from acting and enlisted in the Navy, wining a bronze star. Not to be outdone action picture star Douglas Fairbanks joined the Navy as a lieutenant and promptly found himself attached to British naval special forces. Fairbanks was instrumental in helping form the US Navy Beach Jumper program and later won a silver star while serving on PT Boats in combat. Rod Stieger dropped out of school and found himself a 16-year-old sailor shortly after. Actor Paul Newman was a radioman in torpedo bombers. Director John Ford, who went on to direct John Wayne in more than 20 movies, commanded the photography group of the OSS (WWII’s CIA) and was present on the beach at Normandy. Ford left the Navy as a Rear Admiral. A twenty year old Tony Curtis was serving aboard a submarine tender a mile away from the USS Missouri during the Japanese surrender. Camp movie inventor and gimmick man Roger Corman chased depth charges. Funnymen Soupy Sales, Don Rickles, and Harvey Korman served as sailors while Johnny Carson was an officer on board the war wagon USS Pennsylvania, herself a Pearl Harbor veteran. Hollywood tough guy Kirk Douglas was discharged due to wounds he received as an ASW officer.

Actors in the Air
While Lee Marvin served as a marine participating in the invasions at Kwajalein and Eniwetok and was wounded on Saipan while fellow Dirty Dozen star Charles Broson as a tailgunner aboard a B-29 Superfortress over the skies of Japan and was also awarded the Purple Heart for wounds. Rock Hudson was an aircraft mechanic in the Philippines.

Charlton Heston was a radio operator on a B-25 in the Aleutians. On another B-25 in the European theater Dragnet star Jack Webb flew as an air crewman. Jack Palance earned his gaunt expression after a disfiguring accident that happened while bailing out of his burning B-24. Having to gain weight to join the Army Air Force, James (It’s a Wonderful Life) Stewart served as a command pilot on B-24s leading more than 20 missions deep into German skies. He ended the war as a Brigadier General and air wing chief of staff in the 8th Air Force. Grieving over the loss of Carol Lombard, Clark “Scarlett I don’t Give a Damn” Gable joined the Army Air Corps and led a film section making training films. Unsatisfied with this he flew on combat missions over Germany where his biggest fan Adolf Hitler placed a bounty on his head if captured alive. Couchmaster Ed McMahon trained as a fighter pilot and wound up remaining in the Air National Guard until 1966 when he retired as a Brigadier General.

They also served
Actors Buddy Hackett, Glenn Ford, Jack Paar, Bob “Captain Kangaroo” Keeshan, Jack Klugman, Red Skelton, Robert Stack, Lee Van Cleef, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Montgomery also served, as did William Holden, although they never saw combat. Musician Desi Arnaz was drafted but after being hurt in boot camp served the rest of the war helping with the USO. Dean Martin was drafted into the army and served for a year in Ohio before being found 4-F and discharged.



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Posted - 06/03/2009 :  06:45:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

"Don Knotts, (Mr Limpet) was a male nurse in the Army in the Pacific."



I thought Cpl Brown was in the Air Force.



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allen griggs
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Posted - 06/03/2009 :  06:47:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And John Wayne enlisted in the 101st Airborne, and he parachuted into Normandy on D-Day.

Not exactly.
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Posted - 06/03/2009 :  09:06:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Neville Brand,silver star,purple heart, not real well known but played in John Wayne movies,Cahill also Tora Tora Tora,had his own series called Laredo.He was in a friend of mines unit,he said he was the best soldier in his platoon.My friend was his Lt.

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elubsme
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Posted - 06/03/2009 :  10:08:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CER, I am certainly glad that a man of your status is not knocking Mr. Albert for being in the U.S. Navy. Please forgive me, but I too, am a Navy veteran. In 1964 I attempted to join the U.S. Marine Corp. I was rejected on three counts. #1- I have a triple digit I.Q., #2- My parents were married, to each other!! and #3 my sister wasn't pregnant with our child. This third disqualification could have been waivered due to the fact that I did not have a sister. I also believe that draftees were placed into the branch of service that they were most needed. My daughter is career Air Force currently serving in the war zone. Mom & I are very proud of her. Eddie, CEP-2, U.S.N. Life member, V.F.W.

Mr Albert was in charge of a landing craft and was Navy. He did save many wounded Marines, while being shot at by the japs. I am NOT knocking Mr Albert for being in the navy. I for one am glad, and proud he was able to save so many Marines. He was very brave to put himself into danger, to save many lives. Navy or Marines.
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