Hollywood tough-guy Charles Bronson was as impressive in his Army career as he was on screen. American-Lithuanian Charles Buchinksy – his original family name – had an extremely hard childhood, having to work from an early age to help support his family of 14 siblings.
He ended up completing his high school education, after which he was drafted into the Army. He was part of the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron as well as the 39th Bombardment Group, piloting a B-29 bomber. He flew on 25 missions and was awarded a Purple Heart, leaving the military for good in 1946.
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