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Movies: Robert Ryan Signed for "The Longest Day"

Jan. 24, 1962 - Robert Ryan has been signed to portray General James M. Gavin (pictured in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge) in “The Longest Day,” a film about the D-Day landings at Normandy. General Gavin was part of “Mission Boston” on D-Day. Mission Boston was a parachute combat assault conducted at night by the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division on June 6, 1944, as part of the American airborne landings in Normandy. Mr. Ryan served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a drill instructor at Camp Pendleton from January 1944 to November 1945.

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