Thumper? I Hardly Know Her!

We always hear about child stars holding up 7-11′s and snorting cocaine off hooker’s arse, but we rarely hear about the ones who live their lives in exceptional (and sometimes heroic ways).

Take Donnie Dunagan, for example. Donnie was the voice of Bambi . . . but later in life, he was so much more. Remember this story the next time you call Bambi a pansy.

WHO HE SECRETLY WAS: While you’re at it, you might as well also note that Donnie Dunagan not only a successful child actor, but also one of the hardest human beings ever recorded on film. We say this in full confidence because young Dunagan joined the Marine Corps in 1952 at 18, and he stood with them all the way up to and including the Vietnam War. According to the Houston Chronicle, Dunagan became the youngest person ever to become a Marine drill instructor.

Dunagan served 15 years in the Marines, eventually retiring a Major. His decorations include a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. What were his injuries? Glad you asked! According to the man himself, he suffered some pretty serious gunfire during the Tet offensive. His injuries: “Back of the head, left side. Stomach. Left lung with minor penetration of the right lung. Left leg. Scrotum sack — still functional, though.”

It’s nice to know that Bambi can kill you five times before you hit the ground.

7 thoughts on “Thumper? I Hardly Know Her!

  1. JT

    Jeepers.

    Speaking of Hollyweird, they gave us the image of Rock Hudson – macho ladies man-who, in real life was a Gay American- not that there’s anything wrong with that…..

    And then the voice of Bambi turns out to be a guy-whom- if the need arose-could twist your head off and shit down your neck. Not that there’s anything wrong with that either, all things being equal.

  2. BillN

    Wyatt,

    a correction Maj. Dunagan retired in 1977 after 25 years of service. Had he retired after 15years (1967) he could not have been wouneded during the Tet offensive which was in 1968. The fault lies with the source article, and the fact you are too young to remember about Vietnam.

    Now please remove yourself from my lawn. :)

  3. Wyatt Earp Post author

    LDIV – An American treasure.

    Old NFO – Very few – people like Gary Sinise, for example.

    Robert B – Or could drill a bunch of Marines.

    JT – He’d kill you with a swizzle stick.

    Bill N. – Yeah, born at the end of that decade, and Dad wasn’t drafted.

  4. Thomas

    What a great story and what a great human being. My mother took me to that film when it first came out. I don’t remember much about it but the voice overs were great. Thank you for your service and welcome home brother.

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