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THE PRODUCTION OF HOGAN’S HEROES

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Hogan’s Heroes is a television sitcom set in a Nazi German
prisoner-of-war (POW) camp during World War II. It ran for
168 episodes (six seasons) from September 17, 1965, to
April 4, 1971, on the
CBS network, the longest broadcast
run for an American television series inspired by that war.

Bob Crane starred as Colonel Robert E. Hogan, coordinating
an international crew of
Allied prisoners running a special
operations
group from the camp. Werner Klemperer played
Colonel Wilhelm Klink, the gullible commandant of the camp,
and
John Banner played the blundering but lovable sergeant-
of-the-guard, Hans Schultz.

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From  left: Bob Crane and Werner Klemperer

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Leon Askin takes a break.

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Robert Clary (left) and Bob Crane.

HOGAN'S HEROES, Bob Crane with thermos, lunchbox and comic book all product spinoffs from the show, 1965-1971

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MOVIE OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1998

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On July 24, 1998, director Steven Spielberg’s World War
II
epic, Saving Private Ryan, was released in theaters
across the United States. The film, which starred Tom
Hanks and Matt Damon, was praised for its authentic
portrayal of war and was nominated for 11 Academy
Awards. It took home five Oscars, for Best Director,
Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Film Editing
and Best Sound Effects Editing.

The film’s lengthy opening scene was a bloody re-
enactment of American troops landing at Omaha
Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.


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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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CARLATA BRADLEY

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CREATED ON THIS DAY IN 1862

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President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a
measure calling for the awarding of a
U.S. Army
Medal of Honor
, in the name of Congress, “to

such noncommissioned officers and privates
as shall most distinguish themselves by their
gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities
during the present insurrection.” The previous
December, Lincoln had approved a provision
creating a U.S. Navy Medal of Valor, which was
the basis of the Army Medal of Honor created by
Congress in July 1862.

The first U.S. Army soldiers to receive what would
become the nation’s highest military honor were
six members of a Union raiding party who in 1862
penetrated Confederate territory to destroy bridges, 
and railroad tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee, 
and Atlanta, Georgia.

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