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Walt Disney: “Over There: Walt Disney’s Personal War-Time Experience.”

“Walt Disney has been known the world over as an astute businessman, creative visionary and astounding artist. However, much of what fueled this man and the company which still bears his name was rooted in his unwavering patriotism and commitment to American values. Nowhere was this more obvious than in his efforts during the second World War when he moved from profitable film-making to military-centered support. But, that, as the saying goes, is only part of the story. Walt Disney’s own military experience occurred during the first World War when, as a 16 year old, he left high school, forged his birthdate and, when he couldn’t get into any military branch as the war wound down, joined the Red Cross, shipping off to France for adventure and service that would change him from boy to man. When Walt went “Over There” as the famous song goes, he had experiences that profoundly impacted and fueled his life-long passion for our troops, where ever and whenever they served. Indeed, it still exists as part of his legacy, today.”