ad Anthony" Wayne
raised a militia unit at the beginning of the
and participated in the
invasion of Canada.
He fought in the
Battle of Trois-Rivières
, and led forces at
"Mad Anthony" Wayne
fought at Brandywine in 1777, then
harassed British General Howe
as his troops marched towards Pennsylvania.
He fought at
, and quartered the winter at
attacked at the
Battle of Monmouth
in 1779, he led a stealth, bayonet-only night to capture Stony Point, New York
, for which he was awarded a medal by the Continental Congress.
When the Pennsylvania Line of the Continental Army
for being paid with
worthless "continental currency," Wayne
was able to keep the army together.
led Lafayette's forces in the
1781 Green Springs
action and led a bayonet charge against British Lord Cornwallis's troops in Virginia.
After the Revolution,
was recalled by Washington to fight an Indian confederacy in the
Battle of Fallen Timbers, 1794
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Many places in the United States are named for
General"Mad Anthony" Wayne
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wayne, New Jersey
Wayne, New York
Wayne, West Virginia
South Wayne, Wisconsin
Waynesville, North Carolina
The DC Comic Books depict
as a descendant of
General "Mad Anthony" Wayne
"Mad Anthony" Wayne's
courageous reputation as fit the character of actor
was born MAY 26, 1907.
His given name was
Marion Mitchell Morrison
, grandson of a Scots-Irish Presbyterian veteran of the Civil War.
He played football for U.S.C. and worked behind-the-scenes at Fox Studios.
He became an Academy award winning actor for portraying cowboys and soldiers in action western and war films, appearing in over 200 films and holding the Hollywood record of starring in 142 films.
Raoul Walsh, director of film
The Big Trail
(1930), first suggested his screen name be "Anthony Wayne" after Revolutionary War general
"Mad Anthony" Wayne
, but settled upon
career took off when director John Ford cast him in epic western films such as:
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
became an icon of the U.S. Armed Forces for depicting the strength and sacrifice of American military personnel during
World War II, Korea
The Flying Tigers
The Fighting Seabees
They Were Expendable
Back to Bataan
The Sands of Iwo Jima
The Flying Leathernecks
The Longest Day
In Harm's Way
The Green Berets
These films had the international effect of publicizing America's military might and moral values, as demonstrated when
Japanese Emperor Hirohito
visited the United States in 1975 and
asked to meet John Wayne.
John Wayne stated in an interview, May 1971:
"In the late Twenties, when I was a sophomore at USC, I was a socialist myself-but not when I left.
The average college kid idealistically wishes everybody could have ice cream and cake for every meal.
But as he gets older and gives more thought to his and his fellow man's responsibilities, he finds that it can't work out that way-that some people just won't carry their load ...
... I believe in welfare-a welfare work program. I don't think a fella should be able to sit on his backside and receive welfare.
I'd like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living.
I'd like to know why they make excuses for cowards who spit in the faces of the police and then run behind the judicial sob sisters.
On MAY 26, 1979, the U.S. Congress awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal and President Jimmy Carter, who later awarded
the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously, stated:
"I have today approved ... a specially struck gold medal to
. For nearly half a century,
has symbolized the American ideals of integrity, courage, patriotism, and strength and has represented to the world many of the deepest values that this Nation respects."
In 1998, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation honored
with the Naval Heritage Award for his support of the U S Navy and military.
A Harris Poll, January 2011, ranked
third among America's favorite film stars.
In 1979, California's Orange County airport was named
John Wayne Airport
Ronald Reagan said November 5, 1984:
"I noted the news coverage about the death of my friend,
. One headline read 'The Last American Hero' ...
No one would be angrier than
at the suggestion that he was America's last hero.
Just before he died,
said in his unforgettable way, 'Just give the American people a good cause, and there's nothing they can't lick.'"
stated in a 1971 interview:
"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.
Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."
In his album,
America-Why I Love Her
"Face the Flag, son, and face reality.
Our strengths and our freedoms are based in unity.
The flag is but a symbol, son, of the world's greatest nation,
And as long as it keeps flying, there's cause for celebration.
So do what you've got to do, but always keep in mind,
A lot of people believe in peace ... but there are the other kind.
If we want to keep these freedoms, we may have to fight again.
God forbid, but if we do, let's always fight to win,
For the fate of a loser is futile and it's bare:
No love, no peace ... just misery and despair.
Face the Flag, son ... and thank God it's still there