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(US Army)   Renown actor Charles Durning and WW2 combat vet who was awarded 3 purple hearts a bronze star and a silver star, is to be buried at Arlington. An Actor who actually accomplished something   (army.mil) divider line 82
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2013-01-22 11:00:12 PM  
Wow he was a hero and I never knew.
 
2013-01-22 11:11:29 PM  
Renowned actor and WW2 combat vet Charles Durning, who was awarded 3 purple hearts a bronze star and a silver star, is to be buried at Arlington. An Actor who actually accomplished something

Better?

/RIP Mr. Durning
 
2013-01-22 11:14:31 PM  

Thrakkorzog: Wow he was a hero and I never knew.


He wasn't the type to talk about his experiences in WWII. In fact until he died on Christmas Eve and we had a subsequent thread on Christmas Day, most people never knew about his experiences.

Here's the December 25th thread. The Washington Post article is no longer available, but it's quoted a lot in the thread.

I'm so glad that he's being buried in Arlington. He deserves nothing less.
 
2013-01-22 11:29:30 PM  
Jimmy Stewart was pretty badass himself during WWII.

/Anyone willing to fly in a bomber in Europe was a badass
 
2013-01-23 12:14:17 AM  

vygramul: Jimmy Stewart was pretty badass himself during WWII.


So was Bush 1 , he flew carrier torpedo bombers in WWII, I saw the interview about when he was shot down and you could tell that losing his crew weighed heavily on him. I am pretty sure this is why he stood the troops down in Desert 1 when they were using the road back to Baghdad as a shooting gallery.

Here are more Celebrity bad-asses from WW2, nope Saint Ronnie is not one of them, making VD films doesn't count.

• Don Adams - USMC, Contracted malaria on Guadalcanal
• Eddie Albert - US Navy. Drove Amtracks in several Pacific invasions. He served in the landings at Saipan in 1943, where he rescued wounded and stranded Marines from the beachhead. At Tarawa, he was wounded and lost most of his hearing and earned the Bronze Star.
• James Arness - US Army, Wounded at Anzio. Purple Heart and Bronze Star [Source: Internet Movie Database]
• Ernest Borgnine he served in the U.S. Navy for twelve years, joining before WWII.
• Mel Brooks (Melvin Kaminsky) joined army in WWII and became a combat engineer. Cleared German mines after the Battle of the Bulge. He organized shows for the US troops, and when the German army began transmitting propaganda over loudspeakers Brooks is said to have replied with a version of Al Jolson's 'Toot-toot-tootsie'.
• Art Carney - US Army. Carney went to Normandy in July of 1944 as a replacement to the 28th Division in position around St Lô. He was part of a 30 calibre machine gun squad. On 15 August 1944 he had just taken up his position and was hit in the right leg by mortar shrapnel. After receiving field treatment, he was sent back to Britain and then the US. He once said of his military career, "Never fired a shot and maybe never wanted to. I really cost the government money."
• Julia Child served with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) in Ceylon and China during WWII. [Source: They Also Served by Scott Baron]
• Robert Clary - In a Nazi concentration camp [Source: Internet Movie Database]
• Jackie Coogan - US Army Air Corps. Enlisted in Army March 1941. After Pearl Harbor, requested transfer to Air Corps as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. After graduating from Glider School, he was made a Flight Officer and volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In Dec. 1943, the unit was sent to India where, by using CG-4A gliders, it airlifted crack British troops under Gen. Orde Wingate during the night aerial invasion of Burma (Mar. 5, 1944), landing them in a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines.
• Charles Durning - US Army. Durning landed at Omaha Beach in the D-Day invasion. He survived the landing, but was wounded in an ambush during the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured, escaped, and narrowly missed assassination at the Malmedy Massacre. He won three Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. He still carries his memories and battle fatigue to this day. [source Osprey Military Journal]
• Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - US Navy. He joined the naval reserves before the war. During the war he served on the Battleship Massachuesetts and was a Commando raider sent on several land attack missions. He retired from the reserves, years later, as a full Captain. He wrote about his war years in the book "A Hell of a War" which also covers his duties in helping organize the forerunners of today's Navy Seals.
• Henry Fonda - US Navy. Bronze Star for Valor.
• Glenn Ford - US Navy. In addition to his WWII service, he served in the reserves during the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. He retired as a Captain in the US Naval Reserve.
• Clark Gable - 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 attended Officers' Candidate School at Miami Beach and graduated as a second lieutenant. He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943, on personal orders from Gen. Arnold, went to England to make a motion picture of aerial gunners in action. 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 to obtain the combat film footage he believed was required for producing the movie entitled "Combat America." 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
• Audrey Hepburn, as a child she was a courier for World War II resistance fighters in Holland
• Brian Keith - USMC, Aerial gunner [Source: Internet Movie Database]
• Lee Marvin - US Marines, wounded in the battle of Saipan
• Jan Merlin - Enlisted in US Navy April, 1942, served as a destroyer torpedoman until April 1946, honorably discharged. Played Roger Manning, Space Cadet!
• Audie Murphy - US Army, most decorated soldier of WWII
• David Niven Royal Army. His relates several charming tales of his war service (including the time he lets a German general slip away) in his autobiography The Moon's a Balloon
• Jack Palance US Army Air Corps. 455th bomb group. Required facial reconstruction from terrible injuries received in 1943 when his B17 crash landed in Britain.
• Tyrone Power - USMC Pilot in the South Pacific.
• Jason Robards Jr - US Navy. He was a radioman on duty at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. He wrote about his experiences in A Hell of a War.
• Don Rickles - US Navy. Destroyer duty. He has said of one deployment, "It was so hot and humid, the crew rotted."
• Andy Rooney - (okay, not an actor, but he is a TV personality) Sergeant, US Army. Early in war served with artillery regiment assigned to England. Joined Stars And Stripes in London. In 1943, Rooney is among first correspondents allowed aboard B-17 bombers attacking Germany. He wrote of his war experiences in the book My War.
• Mickey Rooney - US Army. PFC. Served 21 months with a unit that entertained the troops
• Charles Schultz (cartoonist) - US Army. Staff sergeant and leader of machine gun squad.
• Rod Serling - US Army paratroopers [Source: Internet Movie Database]
• Rod Stieger - Torpedoman, US Navy. Falsified his age to enlist at
• Jimmy Stewart - US Army Air Corps. Flew over Europe, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice was awarded the Croix de Guerre. He also received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
• Judge Wapner of The People's Court was saved from a sniper's bullet when it lodged in a can of tuna he was carrying while an Army officer in the Pacific
 
2013-01-23 01:47:26 AM  
There are a lot of "accomplished something" things that don't involve serving in the military.
 
2013-01-23 02:13:28 AM  
Christopher Lee, working behind enemy lines, where he learned what sound a man makes when stabbed in the back?
 
2013-01-23 02:13:38 AM  
Question for the soldiers on here - how easy would it be to transition from being in the military to working with muppets?

www.movieactors.com
 
2013-01-23 02:17:35 AM  
Hey, Subby, know what will make the people you are trying to please with this trolling headline much happier? Get off Fark and get back to stocking Preparation H at you day job at Wal-Mart.
 
2013-01-23 02:26:12 AM  
what?

he also helped the south integrate!

/a man of constant sorrow
 
2013-01-23 02:36:43 AM  

Azlefty: vygramul: Jimmy Stewart was pretty badass himself during WWII.

So was Bush 1 , he flew carrier torpedo bombers in WWII, I saw the interview about when he was shot down and you could tell that losing his crew weighed heavily on him. I am pretty sure this is why he stood the troops down in Desert 1 when they were using the road back to Baghdad as a shooting gallery.

Here are more Celebrity bad-asses from WW2, nope Saint Ronnie is not one of them, making VD films doesn't count.

• Don Adams - USMC, Contracted malaria on Guadalcanal
• Eddie Albert - US Navy. Drove Amtracks in several Pacific invasions. He served in the landings at Saipan in 1943, where he rescued wounded and stranded Marines from the beachhead. At Tarawa, he was wounded and lost most of his hearing and earned the Bronze Star.
• James Arness - US Army, Wounded at Anzio. Purple Heart and Bronze Star [Source: Internet Movie Database]
• Ernest Borgnine he served in the U.S. Navy for twelve years, joining before WWII.
• Mel Brooks (Melvin Kaminsky) joined army in WWII and became a combat engineer. Cleared German mines after the Battle of the Bulge. He organized shows for the US troops, and when the German army began transmitting propaganda over loudspeakers Brooks is said to have replied with a version of Al Jolson's 'Toot-toot-tootsie'.
• Art Carney - US Army. Carney went to Normandy in July of 1944 as a replacement to the 28th Division in position around St Lô. He was part of a 30 calibre machine gun squad. On 15 August 1944 he had just taken up his position and was hit in the right leg by mortar shrapnel. After receiving field treatment, he was sent back to Britain and then the US. He once said of his military career, "Never fired a shot and maybe never wanted to. I really cost the government money."
• Julia Child served with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) in Ceylon and China during WWII. [Source: They Also Served by Scott Baron]
• Robert Clary - In a Nazi concentration camp [Source: ...


Let me add to the list Scotty.

James Doohan, who as a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery went ashore on D Day at Normandy (Juno Beach) and lost a fingertip (which he hid successfully during his acting career)
 
2013-01-23 02:41:31 AM  
Donald Bellisario
Drew Carey
David Dinkins
Don Everly
Phil Everly
Freddie Fender
Scott Glenn
Clu Galager
Gene Hackman
Sterling Hayden
Harvey Keitel
Jim Lehrer
Ed McMahon
Sam Peckinpah
Buddy Rich
Rob Riggle
George C. Scott
Leon Spinks
and
Jeremiah Wright
could all go to your ass like a bad potato(e) salad, subby, and they're all Marines. Even the dead ones.
 
2013-01-23 02:44:20 AM  

Elmo Jones: Donald Bellisario
Drew Carey
David Dinkins
Don Everly
Phil Everly
Freddie Fender
Scott Glenn
Clu Galager
Gene Hackman
Sterling Hayden
Harvey Keitel
Jim Lehrer
Ed McMahon
Sam Peckinpah
Buddy Rich
Rob Riggle
George C. Scott
Leon Spinks
and
Jeremiah Wright
could all go to your ass like a bad potato(e) salad, subby, and they're all Marines. Even the dead ones.


The President of the Navy is a Marine? Who'd have thought..
 
2013-01-23 02:45:39 AM  
So they call me Concentration Camp Erhardt?
 
2013-01-23 02:47:27 AM  
F*ck you, subby

RIP, Mr Durning.
 
2013-01-23 02:47:34 AM  
Add to the list, Burt Lancaster Veteran and Liberal
 
2013-01-23 02:48:02 AM  

bhcompy: The President of the Navy is a Marine? Who'd have thought..


Lolwut?
 
2013-01-23 03:01:17 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-23 03:03:25 AM  
Audie Murphy, biatch.
 
2013-01-23 03:04:58 AM  
Charles Bronson was a tail gunner in WWII with a purple heart.

Actor/comedian Rob Riggle, just retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.
 
2013-01-23 03:11:53 AM  

Elmo Jones: bhcompy: The President of the Navy is a Marine? Who'd have thought..

Lolwut?


t.qkme.me
 
2013-01-23 03:13:21 AM  
The ONLY reason The Final Countdown should not be rounded up and burned.
 
2013-01-23 03:14:08 AM  
www.examiner.com
 
2013-01-23 03:24:13 AM  
Bob Feller -- enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor, served as gun captain on battleships. Unlike Joe DiMaggio, rejected the Navy's offer to let him serve on a traveling baseball team.
 
2013-01-23 03:25:41 AM  
It always makes me feel better somehow, when I find out that an actor who played a great grumpy old badass was an actual honest-to-god grumpy old badass.

Did Alan Alda already get mentioned? Drew Carey? Shaggy, the rapper and former U.S. Marine? Werner Klemperer (played Col. Klink)?
 
2013-01-23 04:14:27 AM  

GungFu: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x626]


What did John Wayne do, besides getting draft deferments and then claiming other people should go off and fight while making a movie that tried to make Vietnam seem like a camping trip?

Fark you, Marion.
 
2013-01-23 05:10:23 AM  
RIP
 
2013-01-23 05:27:32 AM  
Man, I didn't even realize he dies.  He'll always be Tommy's dad on Rescue Me as far as I'm concerned.  I loved him in that role.
 
2013-01-23 05:27:51 AM  

stoli n coke: GungFu: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x626]

What did John Wayne do, besides getting draft deferments and then claiming other people should go off and fight while making a movie that tried to make Vietnam seem like a camping trip?

Fark you, Marion.


He didn't get any draft deferments (what war would have he been drafted to go to?) and he tried to join the Navy but it rejected him.  He had to leave college after a "body surfing accident" ruined his athletic scholarship  (this would have been about 1925-1928...deferments?).  But, armed with a high school education and momentous cash, he was able to become a miserable racist sh*tstain to stand atop all other miserable racist sh*tstains.

cdn.hark.com
 
2013-01-23 05:38:17 AM  
I don't care who you are...if you landed on that beach, you're automatically granted Supreme MotherFarker status in my book.
 
2013-01-23 05:38:49 AM  

thamike: stoli n coke: GungFu: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x626]

What did John Wayne do, besides getting draft deferments and then claiming other people should go off and fight while making a movie that tried to make Vietnam seem like a camping trip?

Fark you, Marion.

He didn't get any draft deferments (what war would have he been drafted to go to?) and he tried to join the Navy but it rejected him.  He had to leave college after a "body surfing accident" ruined his athletic scholarship  (this would have been about 1925-1928...deferments?).  But, armed with a high school education and momentous cash, he was able to become a miserable racist sh*tstain to stand atop all other miserable racist sh*tstains.

[cdn.hark.com image 720x464]


World War II. When other actors,filmmakers, athletes, and other celebrities were volunteering, he got deferments because of his age and family status, even though that didn't stop Clark Gable, who was 2 years older, from signing up..
He tried to join the navy on the condition that he be assigned in John Ford's outfit, but kept putting it off to do more movies.

So, while he wasn't technically a draft dodger, he was definitely a chickenhawk who liked to talk tough.
 
2013-01-23 06:01:07 AM  

stoli n coke: World War II. When other actors,filmmakers, athletes, and other celebrities were volunteering, he got deferments because of his age and family status, even though that didn't stop Clark Gable, who was 2 years older, from signing up..
He tried to join the navy on the condition that he be assigned in John Ford's outfit, but kept putting it off to do more movies.

So, while he wasn't technically a draft dodger, he was definitely a chickenhawk who liked to talk tough.


He was in his mid 30s during WWII and had a family.  It's an automatic deferment.  Can't John Wayne just suck on his own merits?  Why try to squeeze this in?
 
2013-01-23 06:29:20 AM  

thamike: stoli n coke: World War II. When other actors,filmmakers, athletes, and other celebrities were volunteering, he got deferments because of his age and family status, even though that didn't stop Clark Gable, who was 2 years older, from signing up..
He tried to join the navy on the condition that he be assigned in John Ford's outfit, but kept putting it off to do more movies.

So, while he wasn't technically a draft dodger, he was definitely a chickenhawk who liked to talk tough.

He was in his mid 30s during WWII and had a family.  It's an automatic deferment.  Can't John Wayne just suck on his own merits?  Why try to squeeze this in?


Because in the WWII days, you had people signing up to serve in droves. Clark Gable, John Ford, Jimmy Stewart, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Ronald Regan, Joe Louis, etc. Guys at the top of their field, many of whom had families, and all were past the age when they would have been drafted. However, John Wayne, the face of war movies, westerns, and the epitome of manliness at the time stayed home, in many cases, getting film roles because so many other leading men were off serving.

After that, he did more war movies and became a straight up war propagandist during Vietnam, putting out Green Berets, which was an insult to everyone involved in that conflict.
He was the Ted Nugent of his generation.
 
2013-01-23 06:31:10 AM  

vygramul: Jimmy Stewart was pretty badass himself during WWII.

/Anyone willing to fly in a bomber in Europe was a badass


Way back when, I was watching a BBC documentary series 'The World at War' when he popped up as a talking head being interviewed, only his title card read 'Maj. Gen, James Stewart, USAF.' It was a little surreal reconciling the data in my head, because he was recounting some pretty harrowing stories in the same familiar voice
 
2013-01-23 07:18:15 AM  

Triumph: Question for the soldiers on here - how easy would it be to transition from being in the military to working with muppets?

[www.movieactors.com image 504x328]


That depends on if Miss Piggy is putting out or not.
 
2013-01-23 07:30:07 AM  
I knew about his war time exploits but I had no idea he died a few weeks ago.  Hell of a man & a life well lived.

RIP
 
2013-01-23 07:33:52 AM  
Wouldn't we look like a bunch of Johnny-come-latelies, bragging on our own midget, doesn't matter how stumpy.
 
2013-01-23 07:50:17 AM  
Durning his socks in the night when there's nobody there.
 
2013-01-23 07:57:47 AM  
Durning killed a German soldier with a rock. That's about as hard core as you can get.
 
2013-01-23 08:07:37 AM  
Saw Durning in a season 2 episode of NCIS the other day wherein he plays a Medal of Honor recipient who had to kill his best buddy (whose legs had been blown off) to save the lives of the rest of his team. He'd been living with the guilt for 60 yrs and wanted to turn himself in so it was up to Jethro and team to clear his conscience. Very good show - you got the sense that Durning wasn't so much acting as re-living WWII. RIP Greatest Generation Guy.

Today's A list celebs who don't deserve to sniff the asses of the guys on the list above. They only know how to promote themselves and the cause du jour.
 
2013-01-23 08:08:45 AM  

unlikely: There are a lot of "accomplished something" things that don't involve serving in the military.


A meaningful contribution to a thread about a beloved actor who was also a highly decorated servicemember.  Kudos to you!
 
2013-01-23 08:15:11 AM  
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LISTEN UP, MAGGOTS!! They Don't call me 'Gunny' for nuthin'!!
 
2013-01-23 08:18:55 AM  
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2013-01-23 08:33:02 AM  
a: fark you
b: renowned
c: RIP charles durning, brilliant character actor, heroic soldier
 
2013-01-23 08:38:42 AM  
Thrakkorzog: Wow he was a hero and I never knew.

Bathia_Mapes: He wasn't the type to talk about his experiences in WWII. In fact until he died on Christmas Eve and we had a subsequent thread on Christmas Day, most people never knew about his experiences.

Here's the December 25th thread. The Washington Post article is no longer available, but it's quoted a lot in the thread.

I'm so glad that he's being buried in Arlington. He deserves nothing less.


THIS2
 
2013-01-23 08:52:43 AM  
And almost every actor in European countries with mandatory military service...
 
2013-01-23 09:04:36 AM  

BlameBush: Saw Durning in a season 2 episode of NCIS the other day wherein he plays a Medal of Honor recipient who had to kill his best buddy (whose legs had been blown off) to save the lives of the rest of his team. He'd been living with the guilt for 60 yrs and wanted to turn himself in so it was up to Jethro and team to clear his conscience. Very good show - you got the sense that Durning wasn't so much acting as re-living WWII. RIP Greatest Generation Guy.

Today's A list celebs who don't deserve to sniff the asses of the guys on the list above. They only know how to promote themselves and the cause du jour.


Durning got a well-deserved Emmy nomination for that episode. Some great, harrowing work by him there.
 
2013-01-23 09:15:33 AM  
Add to the list of "badasses turned actors" one Corporal Melvin Kaminsky, who served in the US Army during the Battle of the Bulge (also some time before and after, I'd wager).

You may know him as the funniest man alive - Mel Brooks.
 
2013-01-23 09:22:08 AM  
Good for him and I thank him for his service, but fark you, subby, if you feel like you can deem a person useful or not based on your own criteria or if you think someone who spends his life entertaining people for a living is useless unless he also has a background of killing and risking his own life in conflict.
 
2013-01-23 09:35:37 AM  
I met Charles in 1989 while he was filming the miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts. He was a wonderful warm man who shared a pint with me and gave me his autograph. You'd be hard pressed to find a more noble and respectable guy in Hollywood. RIP Mr Durning.
 
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