Famous Veterans of World War Two

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Famous Veterans of World War Two

Postby fudgonaut » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:15 pm

Love the odd facts about World War II, you should add Lee Marvin, who was wounded in the Pacific. Rod Steiger also served in the Pacific theater.

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Postby Walt » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:12 pm

I had Lee Marvin. Where did he go???? His real name was Marvin Lee. When asked about the change he said that the Marine Corps did that and he got so used to answering to it, he kept it that way in civilian life.
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Postby Walt » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:03 am

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Rod Steiger joined the Navy at age 16 to get away from home and served as a Torpedoman aboard a destroyer escorting the U.S.S. Hornet as part of Task Force 16 on the Doolittle Raid. Surprise was crucial and it was feared that the Task Force had been spotted by a Japanese fishing boat. Steiger was credited in sinking this vessel with machine gun fire.

The eight destroyers were Balch (DD-363), flagship of Captain Richard L. Conolly's Destroyer Squadron Six, Benham (DD-397), Ellet (DD-398), Fanning (DD-385), Grayson (DD-435), Gwin (DD-433), Meredith (DD-434) and Monssen (DD-436). Anyone know which one he served on?
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Postby fudgonaut » Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:55 am

When asked about the change he said that the Marine Corps did that and he got so used to answering to it, he kept it that way in civilian life.


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