Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Famous Servicemembers

Famous Servicemembers – http://www.army.mil/article/18424/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Did Jerry Mathers, who played the title character on Leave It to Beaver, die in Vietnam?
  • What role did Werner Klemperer,aka Col. Klink, actually play in World War II?
  • What flying awards did Jimmy Stewart earn in World War II?


A one page article noting a few details about celebrities who were in the US military. People covered include Werner Klemperer, Jimmy Stewart (retired as brigadier general), Rocky Blier (bronze star), Charles Durning (gold star), and Eddie Albert (bronze star). With some perseverance, you might be able to pull up the commendations for Blier, Durning and Albert by browsing through the Army’s General Orders at http://armypubs.army.mil/ProductMaps/PubForm/AGO.aspx. These General Orders covered awards for all services. Unfortunately they are not searchable, but must be browsed by year and order number.


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