When Hollywood Went to War

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library
Multipurpose Room

Event Details

When Hollywood Went to War is the real life story of nearly 90 celebrities who served in the United State
Military during World War II. Presenter Al and Dave Eicher collected hundreds of photographs, films and several
interviews of men and women from the entertainment world. These 1940’s celebrities, young and some
older, took time out in their successful careers to protect and preserve our freedom. This presentation will
explain where they went to serve and what battlefields and/or naval battles they experienced. The most
challenging facet of the project was finding photographs of these celebrities in uniform and in various
theaters of the war. Most of the men served in the Army Air Corp. The Navy was the second most chosen
service. As part of their research they found out what aircraft they were flying and if they were in the Navy,
the ships they were on. Kirk Douglas was on a Sub-Chaser. Jimmy Stewart piloted the B-24 Liberator.
Jonathan Winters was an Anti-aircraft gunner on the U.S.S. Wisconsin in the Battle of Okinawa. Henry
Fonda served on a destroyer, the U.S.S. Satterlee. Mickey Rooney served in the Army under General Patton
and earned a Bronze Star. Tyrone Power was a Marine Corp pilot flying missions at the Battles of Iwo Jima
and Okinawa. Audie Murphy, the most decorated American soldier. Art Carney and Charles Durning were
both wounded during the D-Day landing at Normandy, you will see that landing. Bea Arthur was a U.S.
Marine Corp Staff Sgt. and Julia Child was an American spy. There are also the sad stories of Glenn Miller
and Carol Lombard, wife of Clark Gable and the Malmedy Massacre.

Event Type(s): Adult

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