‘Amazing, humble patriot': Late ‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Russell Johnson was also a WWII hero

They sure don’t.

“Gilligan’s Island” star Russell Johnson, aka The Professor, passed away early this morning. Many fans are paying tribute to him for his role on the beloved TV show, but there was so much more to him than that:

From The Wrap:

Born in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, Johnson graduated from a private boarding school for orphaned children before joining the Air Force, flying dozens of combat missions in World War II – including one that turned him into a real-life castaway in the Philippines in 1945. Johnson’s B-25 bomber was shot down by heavy flak; he broke both his ankles during the mission, and received the Purple Heart.

A true hero.

Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan's Island)
flew 44 combat missions in WWII, until his B-25 was shot down.
(Via @GerryCallahan)— Ed Shahzade (@Ed) January 16, 2014

Badass, indeed. RIP.



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