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1976 Press Photo Actor Christopher George

AdID: 355830

Availability: In stock

Part Number: RRR65793

Height: 8

Width: 10

Source: Rogers


Photo measures 8 x 10 in. Actor Christopher George. Photo by Gladwell.
Christopher John George (February 25, 1931 - November 28, 1983) was an American television and film actor who was perhaps best known for his starring role in the 1966-1968 TV series The Rat Patrol. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1967 as Best TV Star for his performance in the series. He was also the recipient of a New York Film Festival award as the Best Actor in a Television Commercial. George was married to actress Lynda Day George.

He entered the United States Marine Corps on October 13, 1948 at Jacksonville, Florida. George attributed his enlistment to being inspired by John Wayne, saying, "You know, he caused the enlistment of hundreds of kids in the Marines and I was one of them." According to his military record at the National Personnel Records Center, George attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina and graduated with a meritorious promotion to Private First Class (Pfc) on December 31, 1948.

His first duty station was Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Quantico, Virginia. In April 1950, he transferred to Aircraft Engineering Squadron 12 (AES-12), also located at Quantico. AES-12 maintained the aircraft for school pilots and also used them as a demonstration squadron for members of the United States Congress, demonstrating new rockets and bombs. While assigned to AES-12, George rose to the rank of Sergeant. He had forced landings in airplanes while he was in the Marines, and while he was stationed at Quantico, was very sick, lying in the hospital with "a 110-degree fever."

While stationed at Quantico, he was a passenger in an aircraft flown by one of AES-12's officers.The weather was clear and sunny that day when both of the engines "conked out" at approximately 8,000 feet above the Carolinas.Both pilots worked to get the engines restarted, dipping to an altitude of about 1,000 feet before they succeeded. Another time, George was in an aircraft that caught on fire. He had to bail out, making his first parachute jump of his life.

During the Korean War, George skippered a Marine Corps crash boat, as well as serving as a gunner aboard the type of rescue aircraft that were used to fly wounded out of Korea.George completed a three-year enlistment, rose to the rank of sergeant, and stayed for a fourth year of service before asking for a discharge and returning home to Miami. He left active service on August 29, 1952.

After that, as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves, he joined Marine Fighter Squadron 142 (VMF-142) of the Marine Air Reserve Training Command (MARTC), Marine Corps Air Station Miami, Florida. He also served in the 4th Supply Company, in Stockton, California. Finally, he reverted to inactive reserve status where he was assigned to Headquarters, 6th MCR&RD, Atlanta, Georgia, until completing his enlisted service and receiving a discharge on September 3, 1956.

George was encouraged by his superiors to apply for flight school and a commission. However he chose to request a discharge so that he could return to school. While in the Marines, George earned his high school diploma by passing a high school equivalency exam.

During the summer of 1976, George appeared in a recruiting film done for the Marine Corps Air Reserves. On May 5, 2009, the Marine Corps flew a flag over the Iwo Jima Memorial in honor of his service in the Corps. Wikipedia