Iowan Glenn Miller (1904–1944) was an American bandleader and musician, who volunteered for military service during World War II to help lead what he hoped would be a more modernized military band. After he became a Major in the Army Air Force he took his 50-piece Army Air Force Band in the first tour across England.
lee Powell wasn't a casualty of war, but he died of alcohol poisoning while serving in world war 2. Actor Leslie Howard who played Ashley in Gone With the Wind died when his plane was shot down by ...
The man who earned the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Judah Ben-Hur in William Wyler’s epic Ben-Hur and starred as Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments reached the rank of staff sergeant during World War II. Charlton Heston joined the military in 1944 at the age of 21 and served two years as a radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-25 Mitchell.
List of famous people who died of killed in action, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died by killed in action are listed alphabetically and include the famous KIA victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available.
Phillips Holmes (July 22, 1907 – August 12, 1942) Phillips Holmes was an American actor who starred in 48 films from 1928 to 1938, though the bulk of his films were made in the 1930s. Some of his filmography includes An American Tragedy (1931), Dinner at Eight (1933) and Great Expectations.
Murphy was a true American hero and the only actor to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. In fact, Murphy was the most decorated American soldier of World War II who, besides receiving the CMOH, was also awarded 32 additional U.S. and foreign medals and citations, including five from France and one from Belgium.
Some actors even left the comfort of Hollywood to participate in active combat. Here is a list of 10 stars of the silver screen who participated in the Second World War. 1. David Niven. Though living in Hollywood when the war broke out, David Niven travelled home to Britain to re-join the army he had served in during the 1930s.
World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history.An estimated total of 70–85 million people perished, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. 2.3 billion). The tables below give a detailed country-by-country count of human losses.
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For more information about Actors in World War II see: International Stars at War by Scott Baron The last in a popular series on movie stars in the military, this handsome book provides readers with a guide to film actors of many nations who served in various branches of their own military forces.