Rock Hudson (Actor)
(Roy Harold Scherer, Jr., Roy Fitzgerald)
b. 17 Nov. 1925 – d. 2 Oct. 1985
US Navy 1943-1946 (Aircraft Mechanic, Philippines)
Roy Fitzgerald enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was shipped on the S.S. Lew Wallace, a Kaiser Liberty ship, to Samar, a sandy island in the Philippines. He returned to California in 1946.
Rock Hudson is a role model in more ways than one - he had to keep his sexuality a secret in the military - something he did carried on throughout his post-war career as well. Even after contracting AIDS in the early 80s, Rock never publicly came out of the closet.
Personally, I find it astounding that the service of homosexuals is still being discussed as the sacrifice and suffering are the same regardless of sexuality - I'm sure Rock would be pleased to see the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
Source: Rock Hudson: His Story, p42