Henry Fonda enlisted in the Navy to fight in World War II, saying, "I don't want to be in a fake war in a studio." Previously, he and James Stewart had helped raise funds for the defense of Britain. Fonda served for three years, initially as a Quartermaster 3rd Class on the destroyer USS Satterlee. He was later commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in Air Combat Intelligence in the Central Pacific and was awarded the Navy Presidential Unit Citation and the Bronze Star
Donald Jay "Don" Rickles (born May 8, 1926) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Rickles enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II on the USS Cyrene, a torpedo boat tender, in the Pacific, as a seaman first class. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Audie Murphy was awarded 33 U.S. decorations and medals, five medals from France, and one from Belgium. He received every U.S. 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.
January 25, 1941 - The keel to USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is laid. Commissioned in April 1944, she serves during the later stages of World War II in the Pacific. She is now a museum battleship stationed in Norfolk, Va.
USS Washington (BB-56), the only American battleship to sink an enemy battleship (IJN Kirishima) during a war in a "one on one" combat at night. This great warship is the second of North Carolina class!
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2015) - World War II veterans render a hand salute during the parading of the colors to kick off Legacy Week and Memorial Day weekend during a wreath ceremony held aboard the USS Midway Museum. This year's Legacy Week is dedicated to the 200,000 Sailors who called the USS Midway (CV-41) home and the more than 300,000 lives lost in World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nolan Kahn/Released)