Well, read the obit in both the Washington Post and New York Times today. Nobody really seems to have any accurate record of Mr. Durning's actual military career. But it does not stop virtually every media news source and blogger from passing on the same myths. He was a ranger, he was in the Big Red One, he went ashore in the first wave at Normandy, he suffered multiple bayonet wounds. (one of rarest forms of injury in WWII), he stepped on a S-mine, he killed a German soldier with a rock, he was one of the few survivors at Malmedy, he was one of only three survivors at Malmedy, (really, only three? ), he was present at the liberation of Buchenwald-it just goes on. It makes Audie Murphey look like a total wanker.
I don't necessarily think Mr. Durning was responsible for all of this myth, although he seemed somewhat reluctant to deny any of it. Not out of character for an dramatic actor... I have been know to let a few embellishments about my life remain uncorrected.
It is just sad to see major news organizations pass around such stuff without verifying the facts.
I am the Holy Roman Emperor and am above grammar.
Sigismund of Luxemburg