Audie Murphy received every U. decoration for valor available to Army ground personnel at the time. He earned the Silver Star twice in three days, two Bronze Star Medals, three Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Medal of Honor.
In real life, James Stewart was a decorated WW II bomber pilot. Stewart flew 20 bombing missions over Germany including one over Berlin-after wrangling combat duty when commanders would have preferred to use a movie star for morale building work at home.
Don Rickles ) Seaman Class USN WW II. Enlisted in the Navy after high school graduation. Stand-up comic and actor in more than two dozen films but best remembered as an “insult” comic, frequent guest on the Johnny Carson Show.