Daniel Buck
Re: Did John Wayne avoid military service?
Sun Aug 22, 11:35

There are varied reasons given for John Wayne not serving in WWII, perhaps some apocryphal, for example,



He was apparently qualified for a 3-A deferment based on being married with 4 children. He could however have declined the deferment (or declined to ask for it) -- something other American men did, including some Hollywood stars -- and served anyway.

The bottom line how is that John Wayne did not serve.

The best that one might say about Wayne is that nobody's perfect.

    • Did John Wayne avoid military service?B.J., Sun Aug 22 10:46
      A few years ago after I started my masters program I stumbled upon some evidence indicating (not conclusive evidence) that John Wayne actually wanted to join the military. Although he never openly use... more
      • Re: Did John Wayne avoid military service? — Daniel Buck, Sun Aug 22 11:35
        • Thx Daniel, I remember reading that although Ronald Reagan served in the military he was mostly used for PR purposes including making pro war movies and sometimes involved in media recruitment ads as ... more
          • Re: Re: Re: Did John Wayne avoid military service?Daniel Buck, Sun Aug 22 13:06
            The bright side: Some actors, like Jimmy Stewart, fought to get in the military and once in, did their best. Here's a few who served in the military and related efforts during WWII: https://www... more
            • Tyrone was a Marine aviator and served in the pacific. At the age of forty-eight, Dashiell Hammett enlisted as a private in the army. Three years later he was honorably discharged as a sergeant. An... more
            • Stewart, Hepburn, and LombardJerry Prather, Sun Aug 22 16:24
              Robert Matzen has written excellent books on this subject. MISSION: JIMMY STEWART AND THE FIGHT FOR EUROPE tells how Stewart saw the war coming early and did everything he could to join the military a... more
              • Re: Stewart, Hepburn, and LombardDaniel Buck, Sun Aug 22 17:40
                Excellent. Thanks. Coincidentally, as we speak, Josephine Baker's remains will soon be re-interred at the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/22/josephine-baker... more
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