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Posted: 12/24/2012 10:12:11 PM EST
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Durning was a Silver Star recipient. His military career spaned D-Day to the Bulge.


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Link Posted: 12/24/2012 10:13:38 PM EST
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Charles Durning earned a Silver Star on Omaha Beach.
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Link Posted: 12/24/2012 10:28:05 PM EST
From Wikipedia, about Durning's WW2 service. Guy was a genuine bad ass.



Durning served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Drafted at age 21, he was first assigned as a rifleman with the 398th Infantry Regiment, and later served overseas with the 3rd Army Support troops and the 386th Anti-aircraft Artillery (AAA) Battalion. For his valor and the wounds he received during the war, Durning was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Heart medals.[1]

Durning participated in the Normandy Invasion of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and was among the first troops to land at Omaha Beach. In Episode S03E09 of the program Dinner for Five, which also included Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise and Charles Nelson Reilly), Reynolds spoke about Durning's service career for him, as Durning didn't like to talk about it much. Reynolds revealed that Durning was in a group of gliders who overshot their landing zone and that he had to fight alone all the way back to the beach. Reynolds also stated that his own father was there fighting about 15 yards away and that Durning was probably the most decorated veteran (then) still alive from World War II.[2] Some sources state that he was with the 1st Infantry Division at the time, but it is unclear if he served as a rifleman or as a member of one of the division's artillery battalions.

Durning was wounded by a German “S” Mine on June 15, 1944, at Les Mare des Mares, France. He was transported to the 24th Evacuation Hospital. By June 17 he was back in England at the 217th General Hospital. Although severely wounded by shrapnel in the left and right thighs, the right hand, the frontal region of the head, and the anterior left chest wall, Durning recovered quickly and was determined to be fit for duty on December 6, 1944. He arrived back at the front in time to take part in the Battle of the Bulge, the German counter-offensive through the Ardennes Forest of Belgium and Luxembourg in December 1944.[3][4]

After being wounded again, this time in the chest, Durning was repatriated to the United States. He remained in Army hospitals to receive treatment for wounds until being discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 30, 1946.
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Link Posted: 12/24/2012 10:28:56 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/24/2012 10:38:13 PM EST
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War hero and great actor. How many times can you say that when describing an actor now days? I loved him in o brother where art thou. Rip mr. Durning
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Link Posted: 12/24/2012 10:57:48 PM EST


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Link Posted: 12/24/2012 11:29:38 PM EST
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Boy I didn't know that Charles Durning was 89. I remember him giving a very stirring speach during the July 4th celebration on the Capital Mall a few years back. RIP.
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Link Posted: 12/24/2012 11:31:07 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/24/2012 11:36:42 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 12:32:19 AM EST
One of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes had Jack Klugman in "A Passage for Trumpet".
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Right there is my favorite scene from my favorite movie.

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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:04:23 AM EST
He may have been a good guy IDK but I saw at least a couple really bad anti gun episodes of Quincy. Sorry.
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:20:15 AM EST
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He may have been a good guy IDK but I saw at least a couple really bad anti gun episodes of Quincy. Sorry.


Well.............it was NBC after all.
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:48:27 AM EST
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He may have been a good guy IDK but I saw at least a couple really bad anti gun episodes of Quincy. Sorry.



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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 2:01:59 AM EST
Charles Durning was in a great movie called the Lion of Africa, made for hbo I think. Used to play it all the time and I'd always watch it.
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:34:00 PM EST
I seem to remember Mr Durning in a movie where he kicked some ass using military weapons...If I remember correctly, he played a retired vet living in an apartment in an urban setting and then the SHTF...anyone remember the name of the movie??
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:36:03 PM EST
Don't Celebrities ALWAYS die in groups of Threes?

(Not that I would wish Piers Morgan would get his head stuck up a Gerbil's Ass and suffocate.....not that I would wish that AT ALL)...
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:39:49 PM EST
Jack Klugman was Charles Bronson's roomate when they both started out as struggling actors.
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:46:18 PM EST
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Don't Celebrities ALWAYS die in groups of Threes?

(Not that I would wish Piers Morgan would get his head stuck up a Gerbil's Ass and suffocate.....not that I would wish that AT ALL)...


Maybe Larry Hagman was the first of this trio?

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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:49:31 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:50:05 PM EST
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I seem to remember Mr Durning in a movie where he kicked some ass using military weapons...If I remember correctly, he played a retired vet living in an apartment in an urban setting and then the SHTF...anyone remember the name of the movie??


Sounds like "Stand Alone".
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 1:55:29 PM EST
Durning was in one my favorite episodes of Ncis.

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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 2:05:47 PM EST
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I seem to remember Mr Durning in a movie where he kicked some ass using military weapons...If I remember correctly, he played a retired vet living in an apartment in an urban setting and then the SHTF...anyone remember the name of the movie??


Sounds like "Stand Alone".
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 2:24:19 PM EST
The episode of NCIS that Charles Durning was in, is still one of my favorites. He did an awesome job in that episode. RIP.
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 2:26:38 PM EST
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(Not that I would wish Piers Morgan would get his head stuck up a Gerbil's Ass and suffocate.....not that I would wish that AT ALL)...


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Shit....you mean I left my pet Gerbil outside the CNN offices for no good reason......
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 2:27:20 PM EST
Wow. I didn't know Durning was a survivor of the Malmedy massacre. Is there anyplace that tells the story? Did he get away as they were captured, or survive the shooting? Piper hung for that, didn't he?
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Link Posted: 12/25/2012 2:35:58 PM EST
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Originally Posted By stretch_1983:
The episode of NCIS that Charles Durning was in, is still one of my favorites. He did an awesome job in that episode. RIP.


Mine too. Especially the end scene in the sushi bar.



ETA: The episode was "Call of Silence." I just read that Lloyd Kino, who played the former Japanese soldier, also died this year (July 21).

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