I read his book, To Hell and Back, several years ago.
It was interesting that he originally tried to join the Marines but they would not take him because he was too small (he was only 5'4" tall & very underweight). So he then went to a US Army recuiter & they said the same thing, but they instead made him sit outside their office & eat a bunch of bananas in order to make weight.
He later had movie career after returning from the war. My favorite movie with him was, Red Badge of Courage. It seemed like a part that was opposite of his personality.
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