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An Airman's Soldier: Major William Clark Gable

Major Gable was born in Cadiz Ohio on February 1, 1901.  Prior to establishing himself as an actor, he worked in oil fields, as a horse manager, at the Firestone Rubber Co, and as a necktie salesman at Meier and Frank.

His resonant voice is the result of many voice training classes.

Major Gable enlisted in the US Army Air Force on August 12, 1942, after the love of his life, wife Carole Lombard, died in a plane crash while promoting war bonds.

He trained as an aerial gunman and did fly combat missions at RAF Polebrook with the 351 Bomber Squadron.  Major Cable was also given a special assignment to make a recruiting film for aerial gunners.

Hitler, a big fan, put out a bounty for his unharmed capture and was disappointed.

Ronald Regan signed his discharge papers on July 12, 1944, and Major Gable returned to acting, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960.  He died in November of the same year,

Th US Postal Service used his likeness as Rhett Butler on the US…

A Soldier's Story: Colonel Van T. Barfoot

Colonel Van T Barfoot was born on June 15, 1914, one of nine children, on a farm in Edinburg Mississippi.

He 1940 he enlisted in the US Army, serving first in the Italian Campaign, Amphibious Force, and after WWII, trained as a helicopter pilot and then as the military adviser to the Virginia National Guard.

Colonel Barfoot was a highly decorated soldier, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts.  He was decorated for picking his way through a minefield, capturing 17 enemy soldiers and destroying a tank.

Despite having a very admiral military career, he is most well known for his legal battle with his HOA, who tried to restrict him from flying an American Flag.  He is quoted saying "In the time I have left I plan to continue to fly the American flag."  He won.