Did you know he was a private pilot and commercial pilot before WWII?From Wiki: An early interest in flying led Stewart to gain his Private Pilot certificate in 1935 and Commercial Pilot certificate in 1938.<quoted text>
James Stewart was a gentleman, a true American hero and a war actor and real warrior, unlike many of his contemporaries in Hollywood I will not name who fought like hell...in movies.
He flew B-24 Liberators , over 30 missions over Germany, well over the required number. He often flew lead, thereby accepting the most dangerous assignment in the formation. Probably the only private upon entering the war to General in the late 50s. The man had no warts. He apparently hardly ever spoke about his war exploits. A modest man, but very little to be modest about. And a hell of a good actor.
He was drafted in Oct. 1940 he was drafted and then turned down as he was underweight!
From Wiki: with the result that Stewart enlisted and was inducted in the Army on March 22, 1941. He became the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II.
Stewart enlisted as a private.
Yep, he was a real patriot!!!