When Bill Decker Deputized John Wayne

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John Wayne was a U.S. marshal, far more than once. He was police lieutenant and then detective, back to back in the 1970s. And, of course, he played a sheriff, repeatedly and quite famously. And now, courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, proof of his greatest position in law enforcement: an honorary deputy sheriff of Dallas County, courtesy Sheriff Bill Decker. From The Personal Property of John Wayne Signature Auction, opening bid $1,000, signed by both men.
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Robert
Robert

William Manchester didn't like how The Duke avoided service in WW2 and wrote about heckling John Wayne at a Naval hospital during the war.

My dad and uncles knew about Wayne's avoidance of the war and they still liked his movies..

Liles
Liles

Was that signed on the day that Wayne and Glen Campbell came to town for the Southwestern premiere of True Grit? I remember going to that event with my mother and grandmother. It was at a movie theater over by where Wilonsky lives now.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

And don't forget that he avoided military service in WW II.

"America's entry into World War II resulted in a deluge of support for the war effort from all sectors of society, and Hollywood was no exception. Many established stars rushed to sign up for military service.As the majority of male leads left Hollywood to serve overseas, John Wayne saw his just-blossoming stardom at risk. Despite enormous pressure from his inner circle of friends, he put off enlisting. Wayne was exempted from service due to his age (34 at the time of Pearl Harbor) and family status, classified as 3-A (family deferment)."

John in Pilot Point
John in Pilot Point

My grandfather worked at Neiman's from the 50's to the 70's and Duke was one of his customers.  I still have the business card that John Wayne signed and gave to my granddad. Might have been on the occasion of his "deputization." 

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

Better to deputize John Wayne than Elvis, I suppose.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Yep, Manchester said that at the hospital Wayne came on stage in a cowboy outfit and was boo'ed off by the injured servicemen in the audience.

My problem with Wayne is that his non-service in WW II didn't stop him from being a Vietnam hawk.  Guess he had no problem with other people going off to war.

TimCov
TimCov

Oh, c'mon. Elvis was a great DEA agent. He kept as many drugs as he could off the street by ingesting them.

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

Sure, TimCov, Elvis looked like the ideal double agent, but his agenda was one of pure envy. I hold him personally responsible for the dissolution of the Beatles.

Warren Harris
Warren Harris

Ohhhh Perry may you rot in the seven levels of Disco hell... Elvis DID NOT break up the Beatles.. it was ALL Col. Tom's fault!!!... read your wiki's right!!! shame on you!!..

TimCov
TimCov

So, that's another plus in his column of good deeds.

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