Gable, William Clark, born 01-02-1902 in Cadiz, Ohio, was mistakenly listed as a female on his birth certificate. His original last name was Goebel, but this was considered too German during World War I because of anti-German sentiment. Birth registrations, school records and other documents contradict one another. “William” would have been in honor of his father. “Clark” was the maiden name of his maternal grandmother. In childhood he was almost always called “Clark”; some friends called him “Clarkie,” “Billy,” or “Gabe”. His mother died when he was ten months old, probably of an aggressive brain tumor. Gable was a tall shy child with a loud voice and at thirteen, he was the only boy in the men’s town band. His acting coach was a theater manager in Portland, Oregon, Josephine Dillon and she after a long period of rigorous training, eventually considered him ready to attempt a film career. “His ears are too big and he looks like an ape,” said Warner Bros. executive Darryl F. Zanuck about Clark Gable after testing him. Lucky for him he got the role of Peter Warne in It Happened One Night. Robert Montgomery was originally offered the role, but he felt that the script was poor. Gable won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1934 performance in the film. He returned to MGM a bigger star than ever. Best movie, “ Gone with the wind “. In 1942, Gable joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and General of the Army Air Forces Henry ” Happy” Arnold
offered Gable a “special assignment” in aerial gunnery.
He enlisted on 12-08-1942, with the intention of becoming an enlisted gunner on an air crew. Gable spent most of the war in the United Kingdom at RAF Polebrook with the 351st
Squadron. Gable flew five combat missions, including one to Germany, as an observer-gunner in B-17 Flying Fortresses between 04-05 and 23-09-1943, earning the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts. In May 1944, Gable was promoted to major. He hoped for another combat assignment but, when D-Day came and passed in June without further orders, he requested and was granted a discharge. Adolf Hitler
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esteemed Gable above all other actors; during the Second World War, he offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and bring Gable to him unscathed.
Death and burial ground of Gable, William Clark.