John Leslie “Jackie” Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984), enlisted in the United States Army in March 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he requested a transfer to United States Army Air Forces as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. He volunteered for hazardous duty with and flew British troops, landing them at night in a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines. Yes, Uncle Fester was actually an American hero!
(little tidbit for Memorial Day - from Golden Age of Hollywood page on FB)