Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009) SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II.
Enlisted and assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in
VA and NC. Best remembered for her title role in the TV series “Maude” and
as Dorothy in "Golden Girls".
Three days before his 19th birthday, George H.W. Bush became the youngest
aviator in the US Navy.
Nightwitches - Female Russian bombers who bombed Germany during WW2. They
had old, noisy planes & the engines used to conk out halfway through their
missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the
props. To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti aircraft
guns, they’d climb to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop
their bombs, restart their engines in midair & get the hell out of dodge.
Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured.
Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war
dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through
combat. America's first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months 'over there' and
participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment
from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and
even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there til
American Soldiers found him).
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