It’s been a while since we’ve inducted anyone into the Prepography’s Wall of Honor. For those who’ve joined us since our last installment the Wall of Honor is for those that do the right thing when faced with a difficult choice. Our recipients aren’t perfect…no one is… but the behavior they’ve demonstrated is behavior that we want the rest of our society to emulate. If you have someone you’d like us to recognize then use our contact page to send us your nomination, a link or description of the person and activity as well as your rational for the nomination.
Today’s inductee is one of my favorite actors and had a very successful career on the stage, the big screen and the little screen. We honor him not for his artistic accomplishments, but for his service to his country. Charles Durning survived some of the fiercest fighting of World War II. For his service he’s being honored by our nation with a resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.
Durning was reportedly hesitant to discuss his wartime service and it’s no wonder considering the particularly brutal nature of the fighting he survived. Not only was he among the first wave of U.S. soldiers to land at Normandy during the D-Day invasion, but he was reportedly the only member of his Army unit to survive. He was wounded three times including being bayoneted in the leg by a German soldier he was forced to kill with a rock. Later, during the Battle of the Bulge he was captured and narrowly escaped death a third time when the Axis forces began massacring prisoners.
Durning was a recipient of a number of military awards and service ribbons including Silver Star and three Purple Hearts. For his service and heroism to our nation, Charles Durning is the latest inductee into the Prepography Wall of Honor.
Several of Charles Durning’s 207 credited performances can be found HERE.