... but I've been hooked on Star Trek for as long as I can remember. It makes me quite sad, therefore, to find that James Doohan is dead. Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott was, without a doubt, one of the most likeable characters in television history. He was played by a war hero:(link via InstaPundit)
At 19, James escaped the turmoil at home by joining the Canadian army, becoming a lieutenant in artillery. He was among the Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. "The sea was rough," he recalled. "We were more afraid of drowning than the Germans."
The Canadians crossed a minefield laid for tanks; the soldiers weren't heavy enough to detonate the bombs. At 11:30 that night, he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: one that took off his middle right finger (he managed to hide the missing finger on screen), four in his leg and one in the chest. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case.