Joseph Campbell, author, says: âA hero is someone who has given his life to something greater than himself.
It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that some of the main cast of âStar Trek,â the original series, have joined the military to serve a great cause. Some enlisted to help stop the Nazis during World War II. But it’s not just actors – there’s an important figure who helped his country defeat the Axis Powers. And there is another actor, fed up with college, who decided to join the US Army Reserves during the Korean War.
Read on to see which âStar Trekâ characters were war heroes and how the military helped their careers. While you’re at it, find out how they helped their country in the military.
DeForest Kelley – Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy – was actually born Jackson DeForest Kelley. The southerner, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, joined the Army Air Corps on March 10, 1943. During his time in the military, he served as a control tower operator in Roswell, New Mexico. Subsequently, he was assigned to the first film unit because he had acting experience.
In this training film, Time to kill, you might recognize Kelley as well as another super star – George Reeves (also known as Superman).
In 1946, Kelley was honorably released.
He continued his acting career, playing a number of westerns before becoming the Companies friendly doctor.
D-Day Hero James Doohan
Born in Canada, James Doohan – Montgomery “Scotty” Scott – enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in 1938. The following year, Doohan enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery on the 14th.e (Midland) Field battery of the 2sd Canadian Infantry Division. In 1940, he became a lieutenant in the navy. In 1944, he was part of the infantry advancing on D-Day.
âThe seas were rough,â Doohan recalls as he entered Juno Beach, according to Star Trek. âWe were more afraid than [we were of] the Germans.”
After reaching Juno Beach, he shot two snipers and brought his men to higher ground. In the same article, he and other Canadians walked through a minefield laid for tanks – their bodies lighter than heavy machinery.
Later that night, Doohan was hit by friendly fire six times with a bullet hitting a silver cigarette case, saving his life. Another bullet hit him the right middle finger on the other hand, which had to be amputated. The other four bullets hit him in the leg, but Doohan obviously survived.
After recovering from his injuries, he trained as a pilot for Air Observation Pilot Course 40.
Family Phile says, Doohan was once called “the craziest pilot in Canadian Air Force.” The same information points to a waterfall that landed Doohan in hot water. He flew a plane “between telegraph poles on the mountainside to prove it could be done.”
Eventually he left Canada for the United States, get a scholarship in New York.
The big bird
Eugene (Gene) Wesley Roddenberry entered the Army Air Corps as a second lieutenant parked in the Pacific Theater in Guadalcanal. He was flying B-17 bombers there, including a bomber called the Yankee Doodle.
History of war said, during the war, a Chinese pilot befriended Roddenberry: Kim Noonien Singh. Apparently Roddenberry used this name for Khan Noonien Singh (from âSpace Seedâ and âWrath of Khanâ) and Data’s father, Dr. Noonien Soong (from âStar Trek: The Next Generation). Roddenberry’s hope of capturing his old friend’s attention; he had lost track and wanted to reconnect. (Although some sources claim the friend’s name is Noonien Wang.)
Military indicates that “after 89 combat missions and at the rank of captain, Roddenberry received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal before being honorably demobilized in 1945.”
During World War II he began to write, selling stories and poetry to various magazines and to the New York Times. He later joined the Air Force to help them identify the causes of plane crashes. Oatmeal covered, famously, Roddenberry’s other adventures in flight before deciding to do something else, including serving the LAPD and then starting “Star Trek.”
Korean War – Leonard Nimoy
Unhappy in college, Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) was looking for a way to pay the bills. Although Nimoy never participated in World War II, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1953, during the Korean War. according to Military. Nimoy rose to the rank of sergeant during his time in the entertainment division. More than just earning his rank, he became a star in training movies, including playing a young serviceman with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in need of a psychiatrist. (You may have noticed Fess Parker, known for Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, in the same video.)
Thank you, hero
Before Veterans Day or Remembrance Day, it’s important to thank everyone who served their country, including those who served in World War II. Some of the greats of “Star Trek” did not hesitate to help their nation. During their time, they even advanced their careers.
Perhaps it was this grain that enabled them to play Dr. McCoy, Mr. Scott, and Mr. Spock as well as write Star Trek.
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