Top 10 Iconic Hollywood Stars Who Served In WWII

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9. Charlton Heston

Right: Heston as President Andrew Jackson in The President’s Lady, 1953

In 1944, Heston enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. He served for two years as a radio operator and aerial gunner aboard a B-25 Mitchell stationed in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands with the 77th Bombardment Squadron of the Eleventh Air Force.

He reached the rank of staff sergeant.

Heston married Northwestern University student Lydia Marie Clarke, who was six months his senior. That same year, he joined the military.

After his rise to fame, Heston narrated ¬†highly classified military and Department of Energy instructional films, particularly relating to nuclear weapons, and “for six years Heston [held] the nation’s highest security clearance” or Q clearance.”

The Q clearance is similar to a DoD or DIA clearance of top secret.