Sometimes actors are confused that they arent the characters they play. ie..
Steven Segal etc...
In fact, he survived a horrific transportation accident stateside as a result of his service--plane crash off the California coast--that took some serious heroics to overcome. I probably disagree with 98% of his politics, but I wouldn't denigrate his service.
Definitely keep him off the same list as Segal
island was secured. I think the mini-series Pacific does a pretty good job of portraying the battle.
A buddies dad fought with the army there after they relieved the Marines. It was really brutal for those guys too.
He put his neck on the line and saved boatloads of Marines at Tarawa.
Watch any 1950s or 1960s sitcom and you're probably looking at at least a couple of WW2 vets
Captain Kangaroo, Norman Mailer and Rod Serling were names I remember hearing were in WWII
In 1945 US population was a little under 140M. So about 10% of the over all population served. Even higher percentage in the demographic of men between the ages of 18 to 40. I used 40 because Clark Gable was that age when he joined the AAF.
Arness due to his height was the first man to be ordered off his landing craft to determine the depth of the water (it came up to his waist). He was severely wounded in his right leg during the Battle of Anzio.
According to Wikipedia, His military decorations included the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the EuropeanAfricanMiddle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
He and his fellow Navy buddies ate hot chow, while the Marines had to eat C-rations.
My Dad, and other sailors, would lend the Marines their Navy white hats so they could get in line for hot chow.
(It was so hot, everybody just wore t-shirts (not uniforms) so the only way you could tell the Navy guys from the Marines was by their hats)