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09-28-02, 07:59 AM
http://www.network54.com/Forum/220604 <br />
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The Washington Times <br />
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The story of Doug and Mike <br />
Michelle Malkin <br />
Published 9/28/2002

09-28-02, 12:57 PM
There is a similar story of a Non-Marine who was a hero to/for Marines. I was just going to put in a quick piece about a navy man who had helped Marines and later became famous. But I wanted it to be accurate. Here's what I could find.

In the years before America entered the war he was in Mexico with the Escalante Brothers' Circus, playing the clown and doing a high wire act. While there, he photographed German U-boat activity as an "amateur spy" for Army intelligence. Once enlisted, he served as a lieutenant. He drove Amtracks in several Pacific invasions. He served in the landings at Saipan in 1943, were he rescued wounded and stranded Marines from the beachhead. At Tarawa, he was part of the first wave of Marines. He was also wounded and lost most of his hearing and earned the Bronze Star

I remember seeing an interview with him sometime in the 90's. Though it was some 50 years later, he was still emotional about his experience. He also did not consider himself a hero, that those Marines needed help and he did what he could.

His name is Eddie Albert, star of the TV show Green Acres and many movies.

09-28-02, 01:21 PM
Eddie Albert, Lt USN...

Most noted for his service at Tarawa.

My uncle was at Tarawa in the 18th Marines--he told me of helping to load wounded onto Albert's boat for return to the ship from the pier.


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