If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(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 22
    More: Followup, Charles Durning, WWII, Arlington, character actor Charles, infantry regiment, Government Issue, Battle of the Bulge, Tootsie  
•       •       •

2819 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 23 Jan 2013 at 2:04 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Archived thread
2013-01-22 11:14:31 PM  
4 votes:

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.
2013-01-23 09:40:28 AM  
3 votes:
Also, his guest appearance on NCIS was a FANTASTIC episode.
2013-01-23 02:26:12 AM  
3 votes:
what?

he also helped the south integrate!

/a man of constant sorrow
2013-01-23 08:07:37 AM  
2 votes:
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 04:14:27 AM  
2 votes:

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 03:03:25 AM  
2 votes:
Audie Murphy, biatch.
2013-01-22 11:29:30 PM  
2 votes:
Jimmy Stewart was pretty badass himself during WWII.

/Anyone willing to fly in a bomber in Europe was a badass
2013-01-22 11:11:29 PM  
2 votes:
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
2013-01-24 05:18:52 AM  
1 votes:

stoli n coke: 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.


So, because you wanted to.  I thought I had made it adequately clear that John Wayne was a pussy.  And while Gable and his blood-runneth-over patriotism is quite a contrast from Wayne's pencil dicked waffle story,  he was hardly serving like anyone else.  Point being,  attacking Wayne for being a shallow unscrupulous dickwagon is completely feasible without getting your hands dirty in draft deferment water.  Wayne was as much a draft dodger as Gable was a war hero, which is basically not at all.
2013-01-23 10:02:24 PM  
1 votes:
Whenever I hear about a WWII vet who didn't parade his experience, I think about my step-grandfather.  He was an Army Captain in Italy during that time. I don't know much more than he had a Purple Heart and a Silver Star.  He lost a leg and half his hand, and had shrapnel in him that worked its way out in bits and pieces till the day he died of cancer in his late 70s.  He didn't speak of his time there, except for rare occasions when he'd had more than 2 glasses of brandy.  I only know how he lost his leg because I was stuck at my grandma and grandpa's house at 17 (and stuck was how I felt - I wanted to be home, and hanging with my friends).  Apparently a kid in his squad freaked out and ran across a minefield, screaming about how he wanted to go home.  Grandpa tackled him and remembers seeing his own leg flying in the air in slow motion.  At that point in the story, he put the brandy glass down and said goodnight.

He went into the orthotics/prosthetics field after spending over a year in a VA hospital, getting hooked on morphine.  He owned his shop and made limbs for thousands.  As an adult, I wish I'd been more receptive to the times when he was willing to share his experiences, few and far between as they were.  His military history sits in an attic 3000 miles from me.  I'm the only daughter of three whose worn a uniform, and my son is an Army ROTC cadet.  I'm thinking I need to bring those memories with me the next time I visit, to at least put them into a scrapbook. My son might find them interesting later in life.  If nothing else, it would be a contribution to a WWII museum of some sort.

MSgt Snowflake signing off.
2013-01-23 11:47:19 AM  
1 votes:

JosephFinn: 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.


THIS. What an excellent episode that is. I had no idea that he had actually served and been wounded in WWII. A lot of his actual experience and anguish must have gone into his performance. I'll never see that episode again quite the same way.
2013-01-23 10:20:43 AM  
1 votes:

dickfreckle: I don't care who you are...if you landed on that beach, you're automatically granted Supreme MotherFarker status in my book.


100% agreed.
2013-01-23 09:39:42 AM  
1 votes:

Dr Dreidel: 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.


And now you know...the REST of the story. Good day.
2013-01-23 09:04:36 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:38:17 AM  
1 votes:
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 05:27:32 AM  
1 votes:
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 02:47:27 AM  
1 votes:
F*ck you, subby

RIP, Mr Durning.
2013-01-23 02:41:31 AM  
1 votes:
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 02:13:28 AM  
1 votes:
Christopher Lee, working behind enemy lines, where he learned what sound a man makes when stabbed in the back?
2013-01-23 01:47:26 AM  
1 votes:
There are a lot of "accomplished something" things that don't involve serving in the military.
2013-01-23 12:14:17 AM  
1 votes:

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
2013-01-22 11:00:12 PM  
1 votes:
Wow he was a hero and I never knew.
 
Displayed 22 of 22 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report