Eddie Albert, who became a household name starring opposite Eva Gabor in the hit television comedy "Green Acres," is gone. The actor, who worked constantly throughout the entertainment industry and was twice nominated for the Academy Award as a supporting actor, died of pneumonia on 27 May 2005. What not quite so many may remember is his service during World War II. He didn't have to go, but he did. Eddie Albert was 37 when he was commissioned.
Before joining the Navy in 1943, Edward Heimberger had been a singer on NBC radio, played on Broadway, and acted in six Hollywood movies. He could well have opted to do his part in the war as part of a USO troupe, but instead the 37-year-old lieutenant junior grade preferred to go in harm 's way.
Reporting for duty in the troop transport USS Sheridan (APA-151), Lieutenant Heimberger soon found himself on a landing craft that had been as signed as assistant control boat for the landings at Tarawa in November 1943.