Results for - Jimmy Stewart, not just an actor but a Hero
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1. Have you ever heard of Jimmy Stewart, an Oscar winning actor of the Golden Age of Hollywood circa 1930, 40s, 50s?
2. Were you aware that Mr. Stewart was not only an actor but a war hero as well?
3. Did you know that Mr. Stewart' relatives on both sides fought in the Revolutionary war, the War of 1812, The Civil War, the Spanish American War and WWI?
4. Did you know that Mr. Stewart was a certified private pilot in 1935 and a certified commercial pilot by 1938?
5. Mr. Stewart was drafted in 1940 and unlike other Hollywood stars he choose to serve his country rather than avoid service. His studio told him if he went into the air force his career would be over. Despite this he went. Although he had 400 flying hours he was refused admission in the Air Force because he was five pounds underweight. He made two attempts to gain weight without success. He finally hired a trainer who had him work out to increase his muscle mass to meet the weight requirement. As a result he entered active service 2 months before Pearl Harbour. At that time he was 6 years older than the limit for air cadets. He repeatedly appealed the ruling until he won and was allowed to enter active combat. Did you know he went to such lengths to join the war effort?
6. Although the Air Force wanted him to stay in the USA as a "morale booster" he again appealed and was sent to England to join the Bomber Wing. He flew 20 registered combat missions over Germany and an unknown number of 'unregistered' combat missions. These missions were flown without the knowledge of his commanding officers. He was considered to be a fine officer, popular with both officers and his crew. In a short time he was promoted to Major and in command of his own squadron. Were you aware Mr. Stewart flew in actual combat missions in WWII
I may have heard of this
7. By the end of the war Mr. Stewart had been awarded the Croix de Guerre (special French award to members of Allied military who served with distinction during WWII.) The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak clusters. By war's end he was a full colonel in charge of 2nd Bomber Wing. Do you find it interesting that a wealthy celebrity would risk his career and his life to serve his country?
8. Mr. Stewart continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve after the War and finally retired in 1968 as a Major General when he was 60. He was still active and had actually flown on a bombing mission in Viet Nam in 1966 but only as an observer. Throughout his life he would never allow any questions other than general ones about his service and made no attempt to style himself as a hero or any better than any other person who served. Do you agree with me that he was more than just a great actor but also a great hero?
- serving his country was more important than living the easy life.
- don't recall
- too much reading about a subject i'm not interested in at all. sorry.
06/24/2014 Celebrities 1860 36 By: ktkat1949