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Old Dec 21st, 2012, 02:37 AM   #241
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^ Holden is one of my favorite actors. Any interesting episodes?
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Old Dec 21st, 2012, 06:43 AM   #242
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William Holden was a drill sergeant where my dad went through boot camp.
Drill sergeant is like the guy in Full Metal Jacket ?

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Old Dec 21st, 2012, 02:49 PM   #243
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Yes, Bill Holden was a marine drill sergeant.

No, he was at the same camp as my dad, but he doesn't have any stories about him. There were thousands of marines going through there, and my old man was in a different platoon. He always admired the guys who did their stints, and never had a nice thing to say about guys like John Wayne, who didn't. (Although some of his hatred for John Wayne comes from the fact that he was on a troop ship where the only movie they had was "Flying Leathernecks.")
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I wasn't going to mention Wayne but it's true

Same conservative James Stewart might be a better role model Didn't he fly as a bomber crew in Europe, now THAT was taking some serious risk.
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When former fighter pilot and astronaut John Glenn was was seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1984, he said about then Prez Ronald Reagan:

"I was flying Hellcats of the Navy while he was filming Hellcats of the Navy".
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Yes, Stewart flew B-17s as I recall.

My dad's unit included an All-American football player, an assistant professor from Boston U., and a former bodyguard of Al Capone.

It was a very interesting group.
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James Stewart was a great American, misguided from my point of view politically. but a good man, and for my money just about the greatest movie star there has ever been. So many films that will live forever. It's a wonderful life was on here in Japan the other day...still cried at the end, wonderful, yet actually dark tale.

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Yes, Stewart flew B-17s as I recall.

My dad's unit included an All-American football player, an assistant professor from Boston U., and a former bodyguard of Al Capone.

It was a very interesting group.
any stories?

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James Stewart was a great American, misguided from my point of view politically. but a good man, and for my money just about the greatest movie star there has ever been. So many films that will live forever. It's a wonderful life was on here in Japan the other day...still cried at the end, wonderful, yet actually dark tale.

Sorry off topic!
English Cary Grant was no less great And of course, Chaplin

By the way, did Ike and Kay really sleep together?





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The Allies' (probably unplanned) "secret weapon" may have been American Wallis Simpson, who (Hitler pal) King Edward VIII abdicated to marry in 1936. Even had he appointed a PM who went to war after the Germans invaded Poland, such a head of government might well have basically accepted the peace offer Rudolf Hess was probably sent to deliver when he parachuted into Scotland in 1941.
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that scandal seriously wrecked Churchill(he supported Edward) and his effort to contain Hitler.

And his brother who succeeded didn't really like Churchill either, he actually preferred Halifax, as did many, who was an arch appeaser.
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My dad was in the Pacific, but my mom's family had lots of cousins who served in the Canadian military during WWI and II.

Nobody was further inland by the end of "The Longest Day" than the Canadians.
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This photo was posted on Guardian's website yesterday:


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Normandy veterans Victor Urch, 88, Frank Baugh, 89 (who were in the Royal Navy dropping troops and supplies onto Sword Beach) and Derek Whitehead, 88 (who was in the Durham Light Infantry and was on Gold Beach on D-Day) share a joke as they walk along what was the British Sword beach at Colleville Montgomery near Caen, France. Across Normandy several hundred of the surviving veterans of the Normandy campaign are gathering to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings which eventually led to the Allied liberation of France in 1944. Next year, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the landings, is widely expected to be the last time that the veterans will gather in any great number.
The part in bold is a bit sad to read.
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^ the day the last WWII vet on earth dies will be a strange day
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Well, I'm happy to say my dad is coming up on 88 this month.
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