Wednesday, July 20, 2005

James Montgomery Doohan (March 3, 1920 — July 20, 2005)

James Doohan participated in the invasion of Juno Beach on D-Day as a captain with the Royal Canadian Artillery.

At 11:30 that night, he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: one that took off his middle right finger (he managed to hide the missing finger on screen), four in his leg and one in the chest. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case.

Despite his wounds, Doohan remained in the military, trained as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and flew an artillery observation plane, though he was once labeled the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Forces".

Later in life, Mr. Doohan did some acting.

AP obit.

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