I recently received an email about movie stars and their activities during World War II. The email had this to say about Clark Gable:
I understand, of course, that most of the jump came when he went to OCS. However, I find the following things odd:
- He was able to apply to and graduate OCS in two and a half months.
- He went from 2nd Lieutenant to Major in less than two years?
I understand, of course, that in wartime, promotions are awarded much faster (and sometimes on a brevet basis) than in peacetime. But is this rapid an ascension realisitic even in wartime? Or is it possible that (a) Mr. Gable got help because he was Mr. Gable and Miss Garland sang to his picture or (b) the facts in the quote are just wrong.