Purple Heart and Navy Commendation Medal with "V" for service in the US Marine Corps in WWII with the 3/24th Marines. Wounded in the Battle of Saipan. Discharged as a Private First Class having been busted from Corporal. For all his accolades as an actor, he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery under a plain white headstone noting his Marine Corps service.
The place is filling up. They aren't friends of mine. They are friends of my parents. They are of the Vietnam age. In a sense they are friends of mine. Sui generis. I could show up at their door and ask for the world and they would have given it to me. They were the people that made America great.