The king of American movies has played too many war heroes for a top ten list. His courage in The Longest Day, Operation Pacific, and In Harm’s Way is commendable, but it’s as John M. Stryker in Sands of Iwo Jima that Wayne sets himself apart. The guy casually smokes cigarettes during combat, showing a complete and utter lack of nerves. This is the kind of warrior who knocks an insubordinate soldier out of the way of a rogue grenade. Forget calling him the Duke; we should be calling Wayne the General.
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