President Kennedy’s favorite movies were all Oscar winners"Roman Holiday" with Audrey Hepburn, "Spartacus" with Kirk Douglas, and "Sands of Iwo Jima" with John Wayne. Here’s JFK meeting with another Oscar winner, Princess Grace of Monaco, alongside Mrs. Kennedy and Prince Rainier. -from the JFK Library
Poster boy: The movie poster from the 1949 film Sands of Iwo Jima, a drama set during World War II that follows a troop of United States Marines from training to the Battle of Iwo Jima. Wayne played a relentlessly tough Marine sergeant disliked by his troops for his harsh treatment. He earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role but his lack of military service and anti-communist activities may have cost him the win #johnwayne
If you were born in 1949, that year John Wayne was huge and he scored a biggie hit film that year when Republic Pictures released of The Sands Of Iwo Jima - WWII movies were big bucks to the studios now.
March 16, 1945: A U.S. Marine approaches a Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. The Japanese soldier was buried for 1 1/2 days in this shell hole playing dead and ready with a live grenade inches away from his hand. The Marines feared he might be further booby trapped underneath his body after knocking the grenade to the bottom of the shell hole. Promising no resistance, the prisoner is given a cigarette he asked for and was dragged free from the hole. (AP Photo)
War Supporter: Duke supported the Vietnam War effort and visited the country in 1966. He played World War II heroes in Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and Flying Leathernecks (1951) and represented every branch of the military in his war movies but he never served in the military. When the Japanese bombed Pearl harbor in 1941, he staunchly avoided going to war. Instead, he was lounging in the arms of German film star, Marlene Dietrich for the ‘best lay he ever had’. His insatiable love for the…