Thursday, November 6, 2014

John Wayne, American

One of my heroes has always been John Wayne, he even lived in Newport Beach, not from from where I live.  Sometimes I read or hear about people claiming he was a draft dodger, this is a vile slur and a falsehood.

John Wayne was 34 at the time of Pearl Harbor, that's about the upper end of draft age.   He was classified 3-A status, "deferred for dependency reasons."  He had four small children at the time, all under 8 years old. Later, in 1944, he was changed to 2-A classification, "deferred in support of [the] national interest."  That's because he was more valuable to the war effort as a movie star than as. He was briefly changed to 1-A, but the studio appealed and he was changed back to 2-A.  There was a system in place.  John Wayne worked within the system. 

He did nothing illegal, immoral, or unethical.   He did not flee to Canada, change his name, or bribe officials.  He did not dodge the draft.  Millions were given deferments due to war work, farm work, or essential work, or other reasons.  Not everyone needs to join the military during war.   John Wayne also did a USO tour in 1943/44 in the South Pacific to entertain the troops.  He also attempted to join the OSS, but it fell through.   My dad enlisted before Pearl Harbor and was injured in a training accident several years later and medically discharged.   I was in the Army Reserve in the Cold War. We each served in different ways.  John Wayne was a patriot and a great American; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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