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Stars in Khaki: Movie Actors in the Army and the Air Services Hardcover – October, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557509581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557509581
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This gallery of Hollywoodites in the army and the "air services" arrives in the star-spangled wake of Wise and Wilderson's surveys of actors in the "sea services" (Stars in Blue, 1997) and the marines (Stars in the Corps, 1999). Again, discouraging words are seldom heard, but since there are sources aplenty of salacious Hollywood tattle, this trove of inspirational tales starring Tinseltowners is rather welcome. It is nice to see that Sabu, filmdom's Elephant Boy, ranks with Tony Bennett, Clark Gable, and Jimmy Stewart among the "Soldiers and Airmen in Combat" of part one, as opposed to the obviously less red-blooded "Staff Personnel, Instructors, and Entertainers" in part two--but hey, they also serve who only dance and sing. It is noteworthy that the noncombatant section includes such he-dudes as Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood, and Burt Lancaster, as well as singin' cowboy Gene Autry and Sammy Davis Jr., who suffered extreme harassment in the army's first integrated unit. Mike Tribby
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on September 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Stars in Khaki" is the 3rd in a series of books about Hollywood celebrities and their service in the armed forces during WW 1, WW 2, and the Korean War. The two previous books were "Stars in Blue" (Navy) and "Stars in the Corps" (Marines). All 3 books were co-written by James Wise, and the current book is co-written by Paul Wilderson.

The book is divided into 2 parts - combat and "staff personnel, instructors, and entertainers". Here's a look at the combat people

* Tony Bennett (1926) - Drafted in 1944, served in Europe

* Neville Brand (1921) - Enlisted in 1941, served in Europe, won the Silver Star and other medals, wounded in 1945, rose to staff sargeant

* Art Carney (1918) - Drafted in 1944, served in Europe, wounded in 1945

* Jackie Coogan (1914) - served in Army Air Corps, flew 20 missions, won Air Medal, Victory medal, and several others

* Charles Durning (1923) - Drafted in 1943, wounded on the beach in Normandy and later in Germany, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, won the Silver Star

* Clark Gable (1901-60) - Enlisted in 1942, served in Army Air Corps, flew 5 missions, won Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.

* James Garner (1928) - Drafted in Korean War, spent 14 months in Korea, awarded 2 Purple Hearts.

* Tim Holt (1918-73) - Enlisted in 1942, flew 22 missions, rose to Captain, won Distinguished Service Cross, the Air Medal with 3 Oak Clusters, and others.

* Audie Murphy (1924-71) - Drafted in 1942, served in Europe, most decorated soldier in WW 2 including Medal of Honor.

* Bert Parks (1914) - Enlisted in 1942, served in Pacific, rose to Captain, won the Bronze Star and several others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frederick P. Leonard on December 18, 2013
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I enjoyed this book very much. It was interesting to read about the experiences of some of the actors who served in the military. Most served as ordinary grunts while others were heroes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph G. on February 20, 2014
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Great capsules of well known stars of the period, almost all of whom had exemplary service during World War 2.
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