While the death today of General Norman Schwarzkopf is sweeping the news, there’s another military veteran who died on Monday that you might recognize… but not for his military service.

Character actor: Charles Durning

He was a one of a number of actors who served in the military, fighting in overseas wars.  In this case, World War 2 in Europe.  Some other actors in this group were Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) and Don Adams (Get Smart).

Charles Durning’s war experiences are definitely intense. They are summarized in this article here, within the gray text box near his picture.

So to both Schwarzkopf and Durning, a big thank you for your service to our country. Sometimes you just don’t know what the person you see right in front of you has done for his country.