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.Did you know that Jackie Cooper, the child actor, was offered a star too?
"1980 the Navy proposed a period of active duty at the Pentagon that would have resulted in a promotion to rear admiral, bringing him even with Air Force Reserve Brigadier General James Stewart."
Yep, he gave it up when he thought he was going to get more movie offers that later failed to materialize!
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.