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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Jul 2023 8:58 p.m. PST

Singer Tony Bennett's stint in the U.S. Army during World War II led him to legendary entertainer Bob Hope, which inspired him to pursue a career spanning more than seven decades…

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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2023 6:57 a.m. PST

I didn't know that he was an infantryman.

DeRuyter Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2023 8:20 a.m. PST


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2023 1:16 p.m. PST

Another example of our repellent "replacement" system. It is hard to believe even a replacement could get through boot camp without firing a weapon in practice.Thankfully Mr. Bennett survived his honorable if horrifying service. It seems like he endured and saw a lot in his four months. I am glad he survived to enrich our lives for so many years. RIP

Nine pound round25 Jul 2023 1:25 p.m. PST

To be an eighteen or nineteen year old boy, fresh out of high school in the spring of 1944, was a short straw to draw. The Air Force and Navy had essentially reached full buildout, and the front in Northwest Europe was consuming men at a frantic pace. A lot of people wound up being riflemen by default.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2023 4:43 p.m. PST

@Shagnasty, I talked to a guy who was an infantry replacement in the Korean War. He said his basic training was 2 or 3 weeks, then they were on a troop shop headed off to war. He did say that they fired their weapons off the side of the ship on their way to Korea.

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