WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy Award winning actor Ernest
Borgnine obtained a lifelong dream of advancement to chief petty officer in
Washington, D.C. this weekend.
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The actor who played Lt. Cmdr. Quniton McHale in the 1960s television
show, "McHale's Navy," not only played a sailor on TV, he served in the U.S.
Navy for 10 years.
Borgnine enlisted in the Navy in 1935 serving on destroyers and submarine
chasers. He served his commitment until 1941, but after just three months of
being a civilian again, Pearl Harbor was hit by the Japanese and Borgnine
returned to active duty. Borgnine went to sea with the Navy -- helping to
guard the U.S. Atlantic Coastline during the height of World War II. He rose
to the rank of gunner's mate 1st Class. He left the Navy after the war in
1945, but he says he never forgot what he learned.
"Of all of my successes in life, including all that I've earned in acting,
being in the Navy is my greatest achievement," Borgnine told an audience at
the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Oct. 17.
"The camaraderie and the work ethic is something that I always remembered
... and it's what got me through things the rest of my life."
Borgnine was presented with a chief's pin, hat and given the title,
"honorary chief petty officer" from the highest ranking enlisted man in the
U.S. Navy -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry D. Scott.
Scott does not give out such honorary titles very often, but he said
because of Borgnine's Navy service, and his support of the Navy and it's
families, Borgnine deserves this special advancement.
At 87, Borgnine is still very busy. While in Washington he spoke at the
National Press Club, served as master of ceremonies for the United States Navy
Band's annual Navy Birthday Concert and he attended a viewing of his latest
film, "A Trail to Hope Rose," which is a Hallmark Original movie -- a western
-- that aired July 3.
He's about to begin shooting in Florida for an upcoming film. He is also
the voice of the character, "Mermaid Man," on the Nickelodeon show, "SpongeBob
For more information on Ernest Borgnine's visit to the Navy Memorial call
Tami Faram, director of Public Relations for the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
SOURCE U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation