Originally Posted by coaster
Well, that's a shame!! There's the USS Ronald Reagan. They're both actors, right?
Well, it's not the fact he was an actor that is the controversial part. It's the military service thing. During WWII, for years the official studio story was that John Wayne didn't serve in the military (ever) because he was classed 4F for an old football injury. But when the selective service dept released the records in the 70's, it was discovered that he was never disqualified. He was just deferred for his age and family obligations. Then, toward the end of the war, he was reclassified as 1A. Here comes the part that no one except he and the studio ever knew for sure!!
Allegedly, when he was given the 1A class, he begged the studio to intervene on his behalf. True or not, the studio did intervene, and got him reclassified again to deferred in the national interest. It's one of those "some believe it, some don't" type of things.
The military also flatly refused to endorse his movie "The Green Berets", because even thought the movie was highly patriotic, it was based on a book that depicted the Green Berets in the story as barbaric, murderous thugs.