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A WWII Bluffton brush with history

With a Civil War movie icon in 1942 - Clark Gable


“Frankly, my dear,” we’ve finally found a Bluffton brush with a historical movie idol. Here’s the story from the Oct. 8, 1942:

In our series of Bluffton’s brush with history, we’ve learned of several local residents meeting presidents and other politicians.


“Frankly, my dear,” we’ve finally found a Bluffton brush with a historical movie idol. Here’s the story from the Oct. 8, 1942:


Rooming directly across the hall from Clark Gable, American film celebrity, James Griffith, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Rogers of South Main Street, is living in a luxurious Miami Beach hotel in Florida where he is in training at the Air Forces Officer Candidate School.


Griffith, a graduate of Bluffton High School in the glass of 1936, and from Bluffton College in 1940, will complete his training program on Dec. 12 at which time he will be commissioned a second lieutenant I the A.A.F.


There are many celebrities in A.A.F. officers candidate school but Gable, the movie idol, seems to be a favorite of most of the men.


He is very popular with all of the fellows who know him and is genuinely liked, Griffith stated in his letter.


The candidates are housed in hotels and they dine in once-expensive restaurants frequented by American millionaires and people of more than average means.

Clark Gable

The procedure at the school has many unique features.

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