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Before you knew them as actors, musicians, politicians and important personalities, these brave men and women served their respective countries in both times of war and times of peace. This page serves as nothing more than a way to honor that legacy of commitment and service.

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Richard Burton - Royal Air Force

Richard Burton (Actor)
(Richard Walter Jenkins) 
b. 10 Nov 1925 – d. 5 Aug 1984
UK Royal Navy
(Navigator, 1944-1947)

In 1943, during the height of World War II in Britain, Burton took advantage of an Royal Air Force recruiting scheme, which offered a short course at Oxford or Cambridge universities in exchange for future military service. It was during this time where he began his studies in acting and first performed on stage. Failing to become a pilot due to poor eyesight, he left Oxford in 1944, one of twelve prize-winning cadets to receive his commission as a navigator in the Royal Navy.

Posted to Norfolk at the end of the war, in his own words, Burton entertained himself by drinking, poaching and sleeping with every woman he could until his release from the service in 1947.