Sue Sue Applegate wrote:They all earned Purple Hearts?
Close, but not quite.
Y'know, please don't take this as a criticism, but this information is clearly available in any online bio of these two actors. Really, Christy and everyone else, no one expects any of us to have all
of this information in our heads. Looking up what I don't already know is how I learn things, and I love to learn new things about my Hollywood faves.
So -- here's the answer to what Sterling Hayden, Charles Durning, and Audie Murphy, who I threw in as a bonus clue, have in common.
All three were awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat (all three won their Silver Stars in European battles in WWII). The Silver Star is a pretty big deal, and if you look at the list of recipients, you'll see it isn't all that long. Durning, especially, was what one would call a battle-scarred veteran - he was on the beaches on D-Day and was also in combat in the Battle of the Bulge. He was badly wounded and spent a long time in rehab.
Hayden served in the Marines, and was also in the military secret service, the OSS, which is considered the forerunner of the CIA. He, too was wounded in battle.
Audie Murphy's combat history should speak for itself - he was the most highly decorated American soldier of WWII.
Christy, they all would probably have gotten Purple Hearts too, which is a decoration given to any soldier who is wounded in a combat situation.