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Old 01-17-2014, 12:03 AM   #1  
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Russell Johnson was in fact a USAAF bombardier in WWII. Exact details are hard to come by - like most of his generation, he didn't talk much about his service - but he was shot down in a B-24 and earned, it seems, one or more Air Medals, a Purple Heart, and possibly a Bronze Star. You are fondly remembered, Lieutenant. Rest in peace.

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RIP...a real man's man. Interesting you posted of his passing as I was talking to friends just last week about Gilligan's Island (and how my day and a half trip turned into a 6 day, with me referring to it as a Gilligan's Island trip.) We talked about who in the cast was still alive........looks like Mary Ann and Ginger are the last two.
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No reflection on Mr. Johnson, but I'm increasingly annoyed at the press using the phrase, " winning a Purple Heart". You don't win a PH. Also the 42nd Bomb Group used B-25s not B-24s.

Another of the greatest generation gone.
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No reflection on Mr. Johnson, but I'm increasingly annoyed at the press using the phrase, " winning a Purple Heart". You don't win a PH. Also the 42nd Bomb Group used B-25s not B-24s.

Another of the greatest generation gone.
Yeah, I saw both aircraft in various write-ups - and picked the bigger one. Thanks.
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I saw a photo that I like of him and some members of his crew in front of their airplane flipping the bird and smiling ear to ear, it's sad we lost another WW2 vet
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Great picture:

Russell Johnson, Professor on Gilligan's Island, and WWII Hero Passes at 89 | Guardian Of Valor
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There's a "Gilligan's Island" marathon now showing on TVLand.....
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There's a "Gilligan's Island" marathon now showing on TVLand.....
Oops, that's Monday at 9pm, EST, tonight was just a few episodes, including the original.
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He lived in my hometown. Always had time to stop and talk with you. Great guy.
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