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Famous Veterans Birthdays – October 26th
October 26, 2020
Birthdays Today (October 26th):
Born October 26, 1946:
Pat Sajak – Game Show Host: Wheel of Fortune – (Army)
Born October 26, 1914:
Jackie Coogan – Actor: Uncle Fester in The Addams Family – (Army WWII) – Died: March 1, 1984
Coogan enlisted in the #USArmy in March 1941. After the attack on #PearlHarbor that December, he requested a transfer to #ArmyAirForces as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. Graduating the #AdvancedGliderSchool with the #GliderPilot #aeronautical rating and the rank of #FlightOfficer, he volunteered for hazardous duty with the #1stAirCommandoGroup.
In December 1943, the unit was sent to India. He flew British troops, the #Chindits, under #GeneralOrdeWingate on March 5, 1944, landing them at night in a small jungle clearing 100 miles (160 km) behind Japanese lines in the #BurmaCampaign.