2007: As a 21-year-old infantryman, Charles Durning, one America’s premier character actors, was among the first wave of men to land on Omaha Beach during World War II. In this exclusive video clip introduced by Tom Hanks, Durning talks about his war experiences for which he was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. [5:57]

Durning played a World War II vet in the NCIS episode “Call to Silence.” I consider this to be the single finest episode of television ever made.

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