Although James Arness wanted to be a naval fighter pilot he was concerned his poor eyesight would bar him However it was his 6 feet 7 inches frame that ended his chances because the limit for aviators was set at 6 feet 2 inches He was drafted into the US Army and reported to Fort Snelling Minnesota in March 1943 As a rifleman he landed on Anzio Beachhead on January 22 1944 with the 2nd Platoon E Company 2nd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division Arness - due to his height - was the first man to be ordered off his landing craft to determine the depth of the water it came up to his waist Arness was severely wounded in his right leg during the Battle of Anzio Arness was sent to the US Army 91st General Hospital in Clinton Iowa to be treated for his wounds After undergoing several surgeries he was honorably discharged on January 29 1945 However his wounds continued to bother him throughout the rest of his life in later years he had to cope with chronic leg pain that often became acute such as when he mounted horses during his performance on Gunsmoke His military decorations include the Bronze Star the Purple Heart the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge Acting career Meme

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