One Fine Actor
and veteran of the Korean War during which he was wounded in action.
Actor James Garner on the set of Maverick, 1958
(photo courtesy shorpy.com)
I always liked James Garner TV shows and movies. While I only saw his TV shows in re-runs, I recall seeing a number of his movies over the years and enjoying them all very much. I was curious if he had been in the armed forces since he made so many war movies set in WW Two so I looked it up.
Turns out he actually served in the Korean War and was wounded, something I never heard him speak about on TV or in the newspapers.
The following is from wikipedia
“… he joined the National Guard serving seven months in the United States. He then went to Korea for 14 months in the Regular Army, serving in the 5th Regimental Combat Team in the Korean War. He was wounded twice, first in the face and hand from shrapnel fire from a mortar round, and second on April 23, 1951, in the buttocks from friendly fire from U.S. fighter jets as he dove headfirst into a foxhole.
Garner was awarded the Purple Heart in Korea for the first injury. For the second wound, he received a second Purple Heart (eligibility requirement: “As the result of friendly fire while actively engaging the enemy”), although Garner received the medal in 1983, 32 years after his injury. Garner was a self-described “scrounger” for his company in Korea, a role he later played in The Great Escape…”