Veterans (with no apostrophe) Day (Armistice Day) (also known as Remembrance Day, Victory Day, or World War I Memorial Day in other parts of the world) – a special day that has been set aside to honor all who have served in the United States armed forces. Armistice Day was first proclaimed as a holiday in 1919 by Woodrow Wilson, it was again proclaimed by Calvin Coolidge in 1926, and a Congressional Act in 1938 (under FDR) made Armistice Day a national holiday. In 1945, Raymond Weeks, a WW II veteran submitted a proposal to then General Dwight Eisenhower to expand the day to cover all veterans. In 1954, Congress amended the Act to read Veterans Day instead of Armistice Day. In 1971 it was moved to the fourth Monday of October to comply with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. However, it was moved back to November 11 in 1977.


The Actual Armistice – At 11a.m. (French Time) on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended.  At 5 a.m. in the morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in Frenchman, Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces, Marshal Foch’s railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure. The United States, as part of the Allied forces, lost 116,708 soldiers.

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A Few of Our Heroes

Click on each picture to find out a little about each of them.
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Some of you will remember these names…

••      Audie Murphy, America's most-decorated soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor.

••     Alan Hale - Jr. - US Coast Guard.

••     Aldo Ray - US Navy. UDT frogman- Okinawa.

••     Art Carney - US Army. Wounded on Normandy beach- D-Day.

Limped for the rest of his life.

••     Brian Keith - US Marines. Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-Bombers.

••     Buddy Hackett - US Army anti-aircraft gunner.

••     Burgess Meredith - US Army Air Corps.

••     Clark Gable - US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe.

••     Cesar Romero - US Coast Guard. Coast Guard. Participated in the invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier.

••     Charles Bronson - US Army Air Corps. B-29 gunner- wounded in action.

••     Charles Durning - US Army. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Shot multiple times, so awarded the Silver & Bronze  & 3 Purple Hearts. Survived Malmedy Massacre.

••     Charlton Heston - US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-25.   Aleutians (Alaska).

••     Chuck Connors - US Army. Tank-warfare instructor.

••     Claude Akins - US Army. Signal Corps. - Burma and the Philippines .

••     Clifton James - US Army- South Pacific. Was awarded the Silver Star- Bronze Star- and Purple Heart.

••     Dale Robertson - US Army. Tank Commander in North Africa under General Patton’s command. Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission.

••     Danny Aiello - US Army. Lied about his age to enlist at 16. Served three years.

••     DeForest Kelley - US Army Air Corps.

••     Dennis Weaver - US Navy. Pilot.

••     Denver Pyle - US Navy. Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal . Medically discharged.

••     Don Adams - US Marines. Wounded on Guadalcanal - then served as a Drill Instructor.

••     Don Knotts - US Army- Pacific Theater.

••     Don Rickles - US Navy aboard USS Cyrene.

••     Earl Holliman - US Navy. Lied about his age to enlist. Discharged after a year when the Navy found out.

••     Ed McMahon - US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well.)

••     Eddie Albert - US Coast Guard. Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of Tarawa.

••     Efram Zimbalist Jr. - US Army. Purple Heart for a severe wound received at Huertgen Forest .

••     Ernest Borgnine - US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c- destroyer USS Lamberton. 10 years active duty. Discharged 1941- re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor .

••     Fess Parker - US Navy and US Marines.  Booted from pilot training for being too tall- joined Marines as a radio operator.

••     Forrest Tucker - US Army. Enlisted as a private- rose to Lieutenant.

••     Frank Sutton - US Army. Took part in 14 assault landings- including Leyte- Luzon- Bataan and Corregidor.

••     Fred Gwynne - US Navy. Radioman.

••     Gene Autry - US Army Air Corps.  Crewman on transports that ferried supplies over "The Hump" in the China- Burma-India Theater.

••     George Gobel - comedian, Army Air Corps, taught fighter pilots.  Johnny Carson made a big deal about it once on the Tonight Show, to which George said "the Japs didn't get past us.”

••     George Kennedy - US Army. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor - stayed in sixteen years.

••     Harry Carey Jr - US Navy.

••     Harry Dean Stanton - US Navy. Served aboard an LST in the Battle of Okinawa .

••     Harvey Korman - US Navy.

••     Henry Fonda - US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee.

••     Hugh O'Brian - US Marines.

••     Jack Klugman - US Army.

••     Jack Palance - US Army Air Corps.  Severely injured bailing out of a burning B-24 bomber.

••     Jack Warden - US Navy- 1938-1942- then US Army- 1942-1945. 101st Airborne Division.

••     Jackie Coogan - US Army Air Corps. Volunteered for gliders and flew troops and materials into Burma behind enemy lines.

••     James Arness - US Army. As an infantryman- he was severely wounded at Anzio - Italy .

••     James Gregory - US Navy and US Marines.

••     James Stewart - US Army Air Corps.  Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General.

••     Jason Robards - US Navy. was aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton when it was sunk off Guadalcanal.   Also served on the USS Nashville during the invasion of the Philippines - surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223 casualties.

••     John Carroll - US Army Air Corps.  Pilot in North Africa.  Broke his back in a crash.

••     John Wayne - Declared "4F medically unfit" due to pre-existing injuries- (from playing football @ Southern Cal) - he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army- Navy and Film Corps.) so he gets ‘honorable mention’.

••     Jonathan Winters - USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard.     Anti-aircraft gunner- Battle of Okinawa.

••     Karl Malden - US Army Air Corps. 8th Air Force- NCO.

••     Kirk Douglas - US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific.  Wounded in action and medically discharged.

••     Larry Storch . US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis.

••     Lee Marvin - US Marines.  Sniper.  Wounded in action on Saipan .  Buried in Arlington National Cemetery - Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis.

••     Lee Van Cleef - US Navy.  Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper.

••     Mel Brooks - US Army.  Combat Engineer.  Saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.

••     Mickey Rooney - US Army under General Patton’s command.  Bronze Star.

••     Mickey Spillane - US Army Air Corps - Fighter Pilot and later Instructor Pilot.

••     Neville Brand - US Army- Europe.  Was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

••     Norman Fell - US Army Air Corps.- Tail Gunner- Pacific Theater.

••     Pat Hingle - US Navy. Destroyer USS Marshall

••     Paul Newman - US Navy Rear seat gunner/radsioman- torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill.

••     Peter Graves - US Army Air Corps.

••     Randolph Scott - Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to injuries sustained in US Army, during World War I.

••     Robert Altman - US Army Air Corps.  B-24 Co-Pilot.

••     Robert Mitchum - US Army.

••     Robert Montgomery - US Navy.

••     Robert Preston - US Army Air Corps. Intelligence Officer

••     Robert Ryan - US Marines.

••     Robert Stack - US Navy. Gunnery Officer.

••     Robert Taylor - US Navy. Instructor Pilot.

••     Rock Hudson - US Navy. Aircraft mechanic- the Philippines .

••     Rod Serling - US Army.  11th Airborne Division in the Pacific.  He jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila .

••     Rod Steiger - US Navy.  Was aboard one of the ships that launched the Doolittle Raid.

••     Ronald Reagan - US Army.  Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the war.  His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps

Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration.

••     Russell Johnson - US Army Air Corps. B-24 crewman who was awarded Purple Heart when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese in the Philippines .

••     Soupy Sales - US Navy.  Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific (that’s the ship which transported Elvis Presley...who was a tank driver in the U S Army from Bremerhaven, Germany.  In 1959 I also traveled from Southhampton, England to New York on the USS Randall.)   [ Chuck Allen...USAF aircraft radio repairman 1962-1966) ]

••     Sterling Hayden - US Marines and OSS.  Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia. Silver Star.

••     Steve Forrest - US Army. Wounded- Battle of the Bulge.

••     Steve Reeves - US Army - Philippines .

••     Ted Knight - US Army- Combat Engineers.

••     Telly Savalas - US Army.

••     Tom Bosley - US Navy.

••     Tony Curtis - US Navy.  Sub tender USS Proteus.  In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan .

••     Tyrone Power - US Marines.  Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater.

••     Victor Mature - US Coast Guard.

••     Walter Matthau - US Army Air Corps. B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer.

••     Wayne Morris - US Navy fighter pilot- USS Essex.  Downed seven Japanese fighters.

••     Wiliam Holden - US Army Air Corps.

••     William Conrad - US Army Air Corps.  Fighter Pilot.