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Monday
Mar282011

Burgess Meredith, US Army Air Force, 1942-1945

Behind the scenes on an unknown movie set.Burgess Meredith (Actor)
(Oliver Burgess Meredith)
b.  16 Nov 1907 – d. 9 Sep 1997
US Army Air Force 1942-1945
(World War II) 

Already an established actor, on 27 Feb 1942, Burgess put his career on hold during and joined the United States Army Air Corps, where he eventually reached the rank of Captain. He transferred to the Office of War Information and was involved in making films for GIs. He was discharged in 1945 to work on the movie The Story of G.I. Joe, in which he starred as the popular war correspondent Ernie Pyle.

During his service, in 1943, Meredith starred in the military short film, Rear Gunner. A rousing recruitment film for the Army Air Corps where a young rural enlistee is initially disappointed with his job as an air mechanic, but his great marksmanship skills make him an ideal tail gunner . (Warner Brothers, 4/10/43 - 20 min.)

Watch the complete video, along with co-star Ronald Reagan, below: