Monday, December 8, 2008

Bette Does Her Civic Duty

Here's a picture of Bette Davis speaking at the dedication of the Rodger Young Village, a public housing project in Los Angeles for veterans, on April 27, 1946. Rodger Young won the Medal of Honor posthumously after allowing his platoon to escape unscathed from enemy fire from a machine gun nest by relentlessly advancing on it, drawing all fire to himself. Here's the link to his heroic story on the Army's Medal of Honor website.

Rodger Young is also known to Robert Heinlein fans as the name of one of the ships in Starship Troopers, which Heinlein named after the Medal of Honor recipient.

The project, consisting of Quonset huts, was dismantled around 1955.