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Jimmy Stewart was drafted into the United States Army in 1940 but was rejected for failing to meet height and weight requirements for new recruits—Stewart was five pounds under the standard. To get up to 148 pounds, he sought out the help of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's muscle man and trainer Don Loomis, who was noted for his ability to add or subtract pounds in his studio gymnasium. Stewart subsequently attempted to enlist in the Air Corps, but still came in under the weight requirement, although he persuaded the enlistment officer to run new tests, this time passing the weigh-in,[33][N 2] with the result that Stewart enlisted and was inducted in the Army on March 22, 1941. He became the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II. He had a noted military career and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve. Jimmy Stewart, who won the Academy Award for acting, is shown at Fort MacArthur, Calif., March 22, 1941, in his new uniform after his induction earlier in the day in Los Angeles. He is a licensed pilot and hopes to go to the Army Air Corps. (AP Photo)

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Ben Affleck (center) in “Pearl Harbor” portrays one of two Army Air Corps officers who survive the Japanese sneak attack and join the Doolittle Raiders later in the 2001 movie. In reality, all of the Tokyo Raiders were elsewhere on Dec. 7, 1941, that day of infamy. (Touchstone Pictures)