PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Aurness, James King "Jim"
Date of birth: May 26th, 1923 (Minneapolis/Minnesota, United States)
Date of death:  June 3rd, 2011
Nationality:  American
BIOGRAPHY: 
James Aurness, better known as James Arness became especially known by his role as Marshall Matt Dillon in the televisionseries Gunsmoke.
James King Aurness was born in Minneapolis on May 26th, 1923, the son of Rolf Cirkler Aurness and Ruth Aurness-Duesler.
During world war two, Aurness served with the 3rd Infantry at Anzio in Italy and was wounded on May 26th, while wading ashore. He remained in hospital until his honorable discharge on Janaury 29th, 1945.
After world war two he commenced working as a radio reporter. In 1947, after having moved to Los Angeles, he played his first role in a movie and changed his name to James Arness. Later on had roles in, among others, Gunsmoke and How the West was won.
James Arness passed away June 3rd, 2011.
     
PURPLE HEART
Rank: Private 1st Class
Unit: Rifleman, 2nd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division "Rock Of The Marne", U.S. Army
 
     
BRONZE STAR MEDAL (BSM)
Rank: Private 1st Class
Unit: Rifleman, 2nd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division "Rock Of The Marne", U.S. Army
 
     
GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL - ARMY
 
     
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE
Unit: Rifleman, 2nd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division "Rock Of The Marne", U.S. Army
 
     
EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN CAMPAIGN MEDAL
Rank: Private 1st Class
Unit: Rifleman, 2nd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division "Rock Of The Marne", U.S. Army
Action: Awarded with three bronze campaign stars.
 
     
WORLD WAR TWO VICTORY MEDAL
Rank: Private 1st Class
Unit: Rifleman, 2nd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division "Rock Of The Marne", U.S. Army
 
     
HONORABLE SERVICE LAPEL BUTTON / HONORABLE DISCHARGE EMBLEM
Rank: Private 1st Class
Unit: Rifleman, 2nd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division "Rock Of The Marne", U.S. Army
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - James Arness Collection
Information source(s):   - The official website for James Arness
- Santa Clara Valley History in Pictures
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