Tuesday, June 1, 2021

God Bless America

 

I wish John Wayne had lived longer. 


John Wayne was a fervent patriot. He wanted to join up for WW2, but was rejected as being too old. But, the military wanted him to act in patriotic films. He was active in helping veterans and  supporting the military.

A list of some of his military movies:  

The Flying Leathernecks (1951) ...
Operation Pacific (1951) ...
The Fighting Seabees. ...
The Green Berets (1968) ...
In Harm's Way (1965) ...
The Longest Day (1962) ...
The Flying Tigers (1942) ...
Back to Bataan (1945)

I have seen all of these once and then twice. Now that I am older and have a better understanding of that horrible war, I appreciate what he portrayed. War is hell.

John Wayne, May 26 1907-1979


34 comments:

  1. War is definitely hell. I long for the day that we are not at war.

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  2. The USA has been at war with somebody for most of it's existence. There are several people that have put together timelines of the US wars. Major and minor. They say Afghanistan has been our longest war. But there never was a peace accord signed with North Korea so technically we are still at war there. That's about 70 years, plus or minus.

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    1. Peace, peace, but there will be no peace Jeremiah 6:13-14.

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  3. He belonged to a different era.

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    1. Good thought. Will the like of John Wayne emerge??

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  4. Yes, we all want tomorrow, and we must all determine to do good for this country. How many years ago was this taped, I wonder? It still applies today. I didn't recognize many of the stars in the "God Bless America" at the end of this video (not my strength), but I did recognize Bob Hope, and I remember so well his entertaining the troops during the Vietnam War.Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. The performers of that era devoted themselves to troops entertainment.

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  5. He manned the home front, so to speak, keeping up morale among the civilians. That's not always easy.

    All of us long for peace, i believe.

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    1. People saw John Wayne and knew that there were men like him fighting the battles.

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  6. He was probably the greatest patriot of all.

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  7. Great tribute. This is a great country, He said it well. God Bless the USA and those who died to preserve a Great Country.
    Sherry & jack

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  8. My favourite there is The Green Berets, I always cry at the ending.

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    1. First time I saw it, I cried and still do thinking back.

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  9. Too old for the draft? My dad was drafted at 30 and my uncle at 43. Not sure there was a "too old" in 1940.

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    1. The film industry held a lot of clout and over his contract. He volunteered and they managed to have him declared as this would put a hardship on his family.



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  10. Patriotism comes in many forms and shapes. I have never seen any of these films, but I'm sure he did his part for his country.

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    1. I have seen them all, as well as other westerns. In each film, his moral compass was incredible.

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  11. All I can say is war sure is hell. I could never understand how it could be an answer.

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    1. The answer is never easy. For there to be peace, there has to be recognizing of war's cause. Sin = evil

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    1. Words from an admired man must be listened to.

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  13. John Wayne always had a message for people to hear. Probably the biggest patriot on the big screen back in the days.

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    1. Probably was. He was respected for that message, even though some did not agree with him.

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    1. John Wayne held a standard of excellence and honor.

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    1. He did some great movies. The Searchers was one that should be watched.

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  16. My Dad used to love John Wayne movies. He's such a classic, isn't he? One of a kind.

    I hope you have good June days.

    ~Sheri

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  17. i have watched some of his movies when i was in my early teens ,he was amazing ,i think he done some cowboy movie too ?

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