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Comrades In Arms


Richard Kimble
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WWII:

 

Radio-man/gunner Walter Matthau served under squadron leader Jimmy Stewart in the Air Corps.

 

Private Peter Ustinov served as Col. David Niven's batman (orderly).

 

Mickey Rooney would sometimes pay another soldier to take his KP -- Charles Durning.

 

Larry Storch served on a submarine and would often amuse his fellow sailors with imitations of the officers on board. Storch urged one of his crewmates to consider acting after the war -- Tony Curtis.

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Adam Williams:

 

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His Navy Cross citation:

 

 

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Adam William Berg (NSN: 0-278522), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FOURTEEN (VB-14), attached to the U.S.S. WASP (CV-18), in action against the enemy fleet in the vicinity of the East Philippine Sea on 20 June 1944. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Berg's attack against an enemy fleet oiler was pressed home to a low altitude with determination and skill in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire. He scored direct hits with his bombs and contributed heavily to the destruction of the enemy ship. During retirement his excellent airmanship and coolness were instrumental in frustrating enemy fighters which made repeated attacks against his division. While returning to his own forces, his fuel exhausted, and he was forced to make a water landing in complete darkness. Both he and his air crewman escaped injury and were eventually rescued. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander 1st Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0583 (September 27, 1944)
Action Date: June 20, 1944

 

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Wayne Morris, who played the cowardly Lieutenant Roget in Paths of Glory.

this is what the imdb says of his war experience ...

Morris became interested in flying and became a pilot. With war in the wind, he joined the Naval Reserve and became a Navy flier in 1942, leaving his film career behind for the duration of the war. Assigned to the carrier Essex in the Pacific, Morris shot down seven Japanese planes and contributed to the sinking of five ships. He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals.

 

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