Wednesday, July 20, 2005

A Sad Day for Star Trek Fans

Actor James Doohan, known through out the series as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, has died this morning. Despite the sadness of his passing, this article has some information I didn't know about Mr. Doohan:

At 19, James escaped the turmoil at home by joining the Canadian army, becoming a lieutenant in artillery. He was among the Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. "The sea was rough," he recalled. "We were more afraid of drowning than the Germans."

The Canadians crossed a minefield laid for tanks; the soldiers weren't heavy enough to detonate the bombs. 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. Fortunately the chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case.


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