Only History Buffs Will Know the Fact from Fiction in these Unbelievable Stories
Only History Buffs Will Know the Fact from Fiction in these Unbelievable Stories

Only History Buffs Will Know the Fact from Fiction in these Unbelievable Stories

Khalid Elhassan - May 11, 2021

Only History Buffs Will Know the Fact from Fiction in these Unbelievable Stories
US Marines in Iwo Jima. Associated Press

2. US Marines Derided John Wayne’s Fake Machismo and Booed Him Off the Stage During WWII

After WWII, many bought into John Wayne’s carefully crafted image of manly toughness. However, America’s actual tough guys, the country’s fighting men, did not buy that image. As one wounded Marine veteran described a wartime incident: “after my evacuation from Okinawa, I had the enormous pleasure of seeing Wayne humiliated in person at Aiea Heights Naval Hospital in Hawaii … Each evening, Navy corpsmen would carry litters down the hospital theater so the men could watch a movie. One night they had a surprise for us.

Before the film, the curtains parted, and out stepped John Wayne, wearing a cowboy outfit – 10-gallon hat, bandana, checkered shirt, two pistols, chaps, boots and spurs. He grinned his aw-shucks grin, passed a hand over his face and said ‘Hi, ya guys!’ He was greeted by stony silence. Then somebody booed. Suddenly everyone was booing. This man was a symbol of the fake machismo we had come to hate, and we weren’t going to listen to him. He tried and tried to make himself heard, but we drowned him out, and eventually he quit and left“.

Only History Buffs Will Know the Fact from Fiction in these Unbelievable Stories
John Wayne in Vietnam War era ‘Green Beret’ – although he avoided military service when he was of age to do so in WWII, Wayne encouraged others to serve during the Vietnam War. Wayne Duke

1. John Wayne Became a Superpatriot to Atone For Having Ducked Service During WWII

John Wayne never got over the humiliation of having been mocked and booed off the stage by US Marines during WWII. As a matter of fact, he ended up developing a serious guilt complex for having not only refused to sign up to fight during the war, but for having actively gone out of his way to avoid fighting. It was key to the public image he sought to project thereafter. It also played no small part in his starring in numerous testosterone-drenched war movies throughout the rest of his career.

Only History Buffs Will Know the Fact from Fiction in these Unbelievable Stories
John Wayne. Pintrest

The psychological storms raging within must have been something, as Wayne played manly heroic characters on screen, whom he wished he had been like in real life. Four years after WWII, Wayne played a grizzled combat Marine sergeant in The Sands of Iwo Jima. He nailed it, and got a best actor Oscar nomination for the effort. As Wayne’s third wife put it: “He would become a ‘superpatriot’ for the rest of his life, trying to atone for staying at home“. Despite having avoided service during WWII when he was of age to do so, Wayne enthusiastically encouraged others – especially during the Vietnam War – to serve in the military.

 

Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

92 Moose FM, February 28th, 2014 – Betty White Is Older Than Sliced Bread! That & Other Fun ‘Time Facts’

Ancient History Encyclopedia – Donation of Constantine

Atlantic, The, December, 2017 – How John Wayne Became a Hollow Masculine Icon

Encyclopedia Britannica – Donation of Constantine

History – 9 Things You May Not Know About the Oregon Trail

Hari, Johann – Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs (2016)

History Collection – Popular Historic Facts That are Actually False

IEEE Spectrum – Columbus’ Geographical Miscalculations

Live Science – Top 5 Misconceptions About Columbus

Mandatory – Just the Fax: The Strange History Behind the Telephonic Transmission of Printed Materials

Miedzian, Myriam – Boys Will be Boys: Breaking the Link Between Masculinity and Violence (2015)

Schoenberger, Nancy – Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero (2017)

Slate – What’s Fact and What’s Fiction in ‘The United States vs Billie Holliday?

Smithsonian Magazine, October 16th, 2017 – The Cardiff Giant Was Just a Big Hoax

ThoughtCo. – The Death of Catherine the Great

Time Magazine, July 7th, 2015 – How Sliced Bread Became ‘The Greatest Thing’

Vanity Fair, February 8th, 2021 – Good Morning Heartache: The Life and Blues of Billie Holiday

Wikipedia – Billie Holiday

Wikipedia – March 1504 Lunar Eclipse

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