Corporal James Arness, Film Star, Decorated War Hero, Dies.

by Daniel Russ on June 4, 2011

James Arness


“Arness wanted to be a naval fighter pilot, but he felt his poor eyesight would bar him. His height of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) ended his hopes, since 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) was the limit for aviators. Instead, he was called for the Army and reported to Fort Snelling, Minnesota in March 1943.[4]

Arness served as a rifleman with the US 3rd Infantry and was severely wounded in Italy

According to James Arness – An Autobiography, he landed on Anzio Beachhead on January 21, 1944 as a rifleman with 2nd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division. Due to his height, he was the first ordered off his landing craft to determine the depth of the water; it came up to his waist.

On January 29, 1945, having undergone surgery several times, Arness was honorably discharged. His wounds continued to bother him, and in later years Arness suffered from acute leg pain,which sometimes hurt when mounting a horse.

His decorations include the Bronze Star, The Purple Heart with three bronze battle stars, and the Combat Infantry Medal..”

Source: Wikipedia


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TSgt Sid K. Harris , USAF< (ret) March 26, 2018 at 10:16 pm

There’s NOT a Combat Infantry Medal, but Marshall Dillion won a “Combat Infantry Badge (CIB)’

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