Movie Actor Glenn Ford dies at 90 . His acting biography here. His military biography here:
Also present at Normandy was another Ford, Glenn Ford. Born Gwyllyn Ford in Quebec, Canada, on May 1, 1916, Ford is close-mouthed about his combat experience, and modestly states that during the war, while others were fighting the war, he was “making films.” What he fails to mention is that he was in command of a camera crew filming the Normandy landing on D-Day from the beach while under the constant threat of German small arms fire.One of my favorite actors. Rest in peace.
Ford enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Dec. 13, 1942, and completed basic training at San Diego. He was assigned to John Ford’s OSS photographic unit. Ford, a Marine sergeant, was one of the first Americans to enter the concentration camp at Dachau after its liberation by Allied troops. After the war, Ford was discharged from the Marines as a sergeant. His 108 films include 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Imitation General (1958) and Midway (1976)
Ford enlisted in the naval reserve on Dec. 30, 1958. He served as a public affairs officer for the 11th Naval District where he attained the rank of captain, and served on active duty for 30 days when he volunteered with his reserve unit for duty in a forward combat area in Vietnam. He advised Marine combat camera teams filming a documentary in the Mekong Delta. For his actions, Commander Glenn Ford was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, and was decorated with the Vietnamese Legion of Merit First Class by Premier Nguyen Cao Ky on Feb. 4, 1967. He retired from the active reserve on Oct. 1, 1978.