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September 01, 2006

Glenn Ford, Captain, USNR (ret), RIP.

Here something I'm betting you didn't know.

Captain Glenn Ford, USNR

Canadian born American patriot and Hollywood great Glenn Ford passed away in his LA home.

Star of such films as "The Blackboard Jungle", "Gilda", "The Big Heat" and "Midway", he was also a bona fide gunslinger.

Ford joined the Marines in WWII for a two year hitch where he served at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, and he spent a year at the Marine barracks in Quantico, Va. Later he joined the Naval Reserve with the rank of lieutenant commander.

During the Vietnam War, Ford served periods of active duty with the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force. He was a briefing officer on new weapons and served under fire at Da Nang, Monkey Mountain, the Rock Pile, Chu Lai, Pleiku and Quang Tri. Ford also went on at least one mission with the Army's Special Forces... making him the only Hollywood actor to see combat with both the Marines and the SF.

Ford said of his service with the Marine Corps - “It made me grow up. I'll always be grateful to the Marines for making a man out of me.”

Hollywood sure could use more men like Captain Ford.

Amen.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

H/t, Jim C.