Famous US Veterans that are Purple Heart Recipientsby Ed_Jones_XLIX | created - 5 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public
These United States Military veterans are well known actors and notable famous persons that served. In honor of Veterans Day who will you choose in this poll as the one you admire most for their service to their country?
After voting, please discuss here.
Writer | Profiles in Courage
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Rose Kennedy (née Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald) and Joseph P. Kennedy. John was named after his maternal grandfather, John "HoneyFitz" Fitzgerald, the mayor of Boston. John was very ill as a child and was given the last ...
Self | Nazi Concentration Camps
George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ...
Actor | C'era una volta il West
The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky), ...
4. Chuck Yeager
Actor | The Right Stuff
The first pilot to break the sound barrier, born in Myra, West Virginia. He trained as a fighter pilot, flying over 60 missions in Europe. On March 5, 1944, Yeager was shot down over France, fought with the Maquis, escaped over the Pyrenees carrying a wounded airman. On 14 October 1947, Yeager flew...
5. James Garner
Actor | The Notebook
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s.
James Garner was born James Scott ...
Actor | The Next Karate Kid
Daniel Inouye served as a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. A member of the Democratic Party, he was President pro tempore of the United States Senate (third in the presidential line of succession) from 2010 until his death, making him the highest-ranking ...
Self | Uppdrag i Korea
Douglas MacArthur was born on January 26, 1880 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He was married to Jean MacArthur and Henrietta Louise Cromwell Brooks. He died on April 5, 1964 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
Self | Unsolved Mysteries
Elliot Richardson was born on July 20, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Elliott Lee Richardson. He was married to Anne Francis Hazard. He died on December 31, 1999 in Boston.
9. John Kerry
Actor | Cheers
John Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Aurora, Colorado, USA as John Forbes Kerry. He has been married to Teresa Heinz Kerry since May 26, 1995. He was previously married to Julia Stimson Thorne.
10. John McCain
Script_department | Democrazy
John McCain was born on August 29, 1936 in Canal Zone, Panama as John Sidney McCain III. He was an actor, known for Democrazy (2007), Saturday Night Live (1975) and Faith of My Fathers (2005). He was married to Cindy McCain and Carol Shepp. He died on August 25, 2018 in Arizona, USA.
Self | The American President
Norman Schwarzkopf was born on August 22, 1934 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA as Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. He was an actor, known for The American President (2000), Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002) and Brats: Our Journey Home (2006). He was married to Brenda Holsinger. He died on December 27, ...
12. Oliver North
Writer | The Americans
Oliver Laurence North was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in Philmont, New York. He enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy in 1962, but was not commissioned as a Marine Officer until 1968; he missed some time due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
After his commission, he served in ...
13. Pat Tillman
Self | The NFL on CBS
Pat Tillman was born on November 6, 1976 in San Jose, California, USA as Patrick Daniel Tillman Jr. He was married to Marie Tillman. He died on April 22, 2004 in Afghanistan.
14. James Arness
Actor | Gunsmoke
American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke (1955). Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness, had formerly been Aursness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rolf and Ruth Duesler Aurness. His father was a traveling salesman ...
15. James Jones
Writer | The Thin Red Line
James Jones was born on November 6, 1921 in Robinson, Illinois, USA as James Ramon Jones. He was a writer and actor, known for The Thin Red Line (1998), From Here to Eternity (1953) and The Longest Day (1962). He was married to Gloria Jones. He died on May 9, 1977 in Southampton, New York, USA.
Novelist of "From Here to Eternity", "The Thin Red Line", and "Guadalcanal and Whistle"
Writer | Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), General Electric Theater (1953) and Back to School (1986). He was married to Jill Krementz and Jane Marie Cox. He died on April 11, 2007 in New York City, ...
17. Ron Kovic
Writer | Born on the Fourth of July
Imagine having Tom Cruise play your life story in a movie, and ending up on stage in Hollywood celebrating the movie's two Oscars? All Ron Kovic had to do to achieve this fantasy was serve three tours of duty in Vietnam, get paralyzed for life by combat wounds, and write a best-selling book about ...
Writer of the book, "Born on the Fourth of July" for which the movie of the same name is based on.
18. Oliver Stone
Producer | JFK
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.
William Oliver Stone was ...
19. Rod Serling
Writer | The Twilight Zone
John Phillips is the name used by longtime television and film writer Rod Serling when he asked that his real name be removed as the writer of the pilot episode of the series "The New People" in 1969. While Serling's name remained as series developer, he was sufficiently annoyed with ABC- TV's ...
20. Charles Durning
Actor | Dog Day Afternoon
WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most ...
21. Harold Russell
Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives
Harold John Russell was born in Nova Scotia in 1914. His family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts when his father died in 1919. He was training paratroopers at Camp MacKall NC on June 6, 1944 when some TNT he was using exploded in his hands. He lost both hands. After receiving hooks, and training on...
Wounded on D-Day June 6, 1944. Harold lost both his hands.