Today in American history…one of our beloved and historic film stars was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio.
His most famous role would be as Rhett Butler in the classic movie Gone with the Wind which premiered on December 15, 1939.
Not only was he a world famous movie star…he also signed up for the US Army under the Army Air Forces on August 12, 1942. During World War II, he flew several combat missions and was promoted to Major in 1944. He rseigned his commission with the US Army in 1947 and was awarded several military honors for his service:
The Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
After his military service, Clark Gable resumed his acting career until his death on November 16, 1960.