Here’s Why John Wayne Never Served In WWII

Thanks to the rugged, macho persona that he adopted both on and off screen, John Wayne was once seen as the quintessential all-American male. And while the star may not be held in as much esteem today as he was at the height of his career, he’s still undoubtedly a cultural icon. But even back in Wayne’s heyday, one question loomed large: why didn’t the actor serve in World War II? Well, the answer to that may come as a surprise.

Wayne’s lack of military service could have had a real effect on his career, too. In the ’40s, you see, men who were considered “draft dodgers” could well expect their peers to look down on them. And throughout his career, Wayne was actually surrounded by people who had enlisted and done their part for the war effort – Clark Gable, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart among them.

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