View Full Version : Trivia: a Young Ronald Reagan signed Clark Gable's discharge papers

03-16-2011, 06:27 AM
"As head of the actors' division of the Hollywood Victory Committee, Gable sent his wife Carole Lombard on one of the first tours, in January 1942, to her home state of Indiana, where she sold $2 million worth of bonds. On the plane trip back to Hollywood the plane crashed, killing Lombard and her mother. Gable became an alcoholic for six months before enlisting as a private in the Army Air Corps. He served as a combat cameraman in Britain, rose to the rank of major, and eventually was furloughed to Fort Roach, as the First Motion Picture Unit headquarters came to be known. Gable's discharge papers were signed by Captain Ronald Reagan."

03-16-2011, 09:15 AM
um...didn't Regan's eyesight keep him out of the military?

03-16-2011, 09:22 AM
Actually, he joined the Army Air Corp in 1937, reserve. After Pearl Harbor, he was recalled, but medically disqualified from combat duty. He did serve till 1945 as part of the motion picture unit, making training and moral movies.