So long, Kirk Douglas

As a kid, I kept seeing the same cleft-chin rugged man’s man in my favorite war movies: Paths of Glory, In Harms Way, Cast a Giant Shadow, Is Paris Burning, Heroes of Telemark, Victory at Entebbe, The Final Countdown, et. al.

Playing a military man was something that Kirk Douglas found natural, as, prior to becoming a big Hollywood name, he volunteered for the Navy during WWII. Serving as a junior officer, minted through Notre Dame’s NROTC program, he served on subchasers including the PC-461-class boat PC-1139 as Communications Officer 18 November 1943 – 24 February 1944. He was later discharged due to medical issues.

He would go on to play in more than 90 films, become a great humanitarian– donating most of his $80 million fortune to a variety of causes– and just be an overall Mensch.

Kirk Douglas passed away this week at 103.

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as Guns.com, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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