of celebrities served in the Second World War. I can't confirm all of these, but here are just a few... Sir Alec Guinness
(Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars) and James Doohan
(Scotty in Star Trek
) participated in the D-Day landings in Normandy.Donald Pleasance
) was in the Royal Air Force, and was shot down over Europe and held captive by the Germans. Col. Jimmy Stewart
earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and a French Croix de Guerre as a bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps in Europe. Clark Gable
was a gunner on a B-17 in Europe. Eddie Albert
earned a Bronze Star during the battle of Tarawa (he was Navy, iirc, not Marines).
Some famous "tough guys" who really were tough guys...Charles Bronson
was a gunner on a B-29 in the Pacific. Lee Marvin
didn't just play Marines in the movies, he earned a Purple Heart on Saipan. Jack Palance
survived a B-17 "emergency landing" in England, which is where he got the scars on his face. James Arness
, of "Gunsmoke", was wounded at Anzio.
And would you believe that Mel Brooks
was a Combat Engineer during the Battle of the Bulge, and Charles Durning
earned a Silver Star as a US Army Ranger at Normandy?
And lest you think the guys were the only ones in there..."The French Chef", Julia Childs
served with the Office of Special Services, and Audrey Hepburn
assisted the Dutch Resistance (she was in Arnhem during Operation Market Garden, and her uncle was executed right in front of her for his role in the resistance).